Any DWI is a very serious charge, but a third DWI is very serious indeed because courts don't look kindly on people who make the same mistake more than twice.

Recently, a 50-year-old Bryan man was arrested and charged with DWI. He has two prior convictions, so he is likely to face an uphill battle starting with his next court appearance. Hopefully, he has arranged for a strong and thorough argument to be made in his defense.

The man was pulled over Thursday on Sandy Point Road after an officer reportedly observed him stopping on the side of the road multiple times.

The officer reported observing that the man's eyes were watery and bloodshot and said that he smelled strongly of alcohol. The officer said he gave the man several field sobriety tests and reported that he failed all of them.

It is not clear if the man was given a blood-alcohol test, but he was arrested and taken to Brazos County Jail. As of Monday, he remained there in lieu of $8,000 bail.

The man was first convicted of DWI in 1987. Then, in 2003, he was convicted of DWI again in Travis County. For that offense, he spent three months in jail and 18 months on probation. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,200.

Even though both of those incidents were many, many years ago, they are still likely to impact the way this man is seen in court. The legal system has a long memory when it comes to things like DWI.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Bryan man charged with third DWI," Sept. 21, 2012