A 39-year-old Bryan man was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Saturday morning.

Ordinarily, he would be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, which would earn him six months in jail with conviction. But because he had three children in the car with him, one of whom was under 15, he has been charged with a state jail felony that could net him two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 if he is convicted.

The man was arrested on F.M. 1687 after an officer pulled him over after noticing what seemed to be defective lighting over his license plate.

The arresting officer reported that the man smelled like alcohol and claims that there was an open container of beer next to his seat.

The man took a blood-alcohol content test at the scene and is said to have failed it. His exact reading has not been publicized, but the arresting officer did not the it showed "a high presence of alcohol." He later voluntarily agreed to a blood test at Bryan's St. Joseph Hospital. The results of that test will take several weeks to arrive.

According to the arresting officer, the man's wife was in the vehicle at the time. In his report, the officer made no mention of whether she was intoxicated. If she wasn't and if her husband was indeed intoxicated, then it is unfortunate that she did not drive instead of him. If she had, it is possible that a lot of hassle could have been avoided.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Bryan dad charged with DWI had 3 kids in vehicle, trooper said," Aug. 26, 2012