A 19-year-old Austin man was arrested early Sunday morning after he nearly struck several pedestrians in College Station's Northgate entertainment region. He has now been charged with DWI.

From descriptions of the event, it isn't clear if this was the type of near-miss that can happen all too easily at night in crowded areas where groups of people are mingling about or whether the driver's alleged intoxication was the primary factor. Either way, we hope all Texas A&M students understand that driving while intoxicated is dangerous and that we all have to think twice before grabbing the keys after a drink or two.

A College Station officer was on bike patrol near Church Avenue around 1:45 a.m. when he saw a vehicle stop quickly to avoid striking a group of pedestrians in the roadway. The vehicle swerved to avoid the group and in doing so, nearly struck another group of people. Luckily, the driver did not hit anyone and no one was hurt.

The driver told the office he had been driving aggressively because a constable at the Northgate Parking Garage had "been mean to him." A blood-alcohol test was administered and the man reportedly blew a 0.20. The legal limit in Texas, as it is in all states, is 0.08.

The man has now been charged with a misdemeanor DWI. If he's convicted, he might have to pay as much as $2,000 and could spend up to 180 days in jail. The man was taken to Brazos County Jail after his arrest and was later released after posting $5,000 bail.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Officer witnesses DWI suspect, 19, almost hit pedestrians," Sept. 24, 2012