A College Station man was arrested last week and now stands accused of his third drunk driving infraction. He has now been charged with felony DWI, which is more serious than the misdemeanor DWI associated with first-time drunk-driving convictions.

According to police, the 42-year-old man was spotted heading down West Texas 21 around 10:45 p.m. last Thursday when an officer noticed that he was allegedly having trouble maintaining his own lane.

When the officer pulled the man over, he told the officer he had not had anything to drink that day. However, the officer noticed that the man had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol, so the officer asked the man to take some field sobriety tests. The man failed them, according to the officer, and then admitted that he had actually had three beers that night.

Because he has two prior DWI convictions (in 1988 and 1989), the man has been charged with DWI with prior convictions, which is a felony. If he is found guilty, he may have to spend up to a decade in prison and pay a fine that could add up to $10,000.

We do not condone drunk driving, but in some respects, it is unfortunate that mistakes this man made more than 10 years ago are still haunting him today. There are so many ways a person can change in a decade. It's too bad this man made a mistake similar to those from which he should have learned from already, but we should also consider the positive ways in which he's changed and grown as a person since 1989.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "College Station man faces third DWI charge," July 14, 2012