A Jacksonville man was arrested recently after officers pulled him over and discovered that he was allegedly driving drunk while at the same time carrying a weapon. He has now been charged with DWI and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The incident started when Bryan-College Station police got a call regarding gunshot in the area near Columbus Avenue and West 17th Street. Understandably concerned about what might be unfolding, officers reported to the area as quickly as they could.

After a second round of what appeared to be gunshots, officers pulled over a nearby car and found that the 36-year-old driver had a pistol on the dashboard. The driver told the officers that he always carries a pistol. After officers formed the impression that he was intoxicated, he was taken into custody.

If he is found guilty, the man could spend up to 10 years in prison and might have to pay up to $10,000.

From what we know of the incident, it is not clear if there ever were gunshots in the first place, or if there were, whether the Jacksonville man was the one who fired them.

Now, if this man was driving when he was intoxicated, then he does deserve to pay the piper for his actions. However, we hope he wasn't arrested just because he happened to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. We don't know whether any blood-alcohol tests were performed upon him, so we hope police just weren't on artificially high alert because of the apparent gunshots and jumped to conclusions with regard to this man.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Gun wielding driver gets DWI charge," Aug. 18, 2012