An 18-year-old man has been charged with DWI after he crashed through a gate at a Texas A&M parking garage last week. He spent the night in Brazos County Jail after his Aug. 31 arrest.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. Authorities believe the man, a Hurst resident, crashed through a traffic control gate at the South Side Parking Garage on A&M's campus and tried to drive off before a witness could stop him.

When police arrived at the scene, they reportedly observed that the man was having trouble keeping his balance and smelled strongly of alcohol. In their arrest report, the officers noted that the man failed several field sobriety tests.

After the man was given a blood-alcohol content test, it was determined that his blood-alcohol content was somewhere between 0.163 and 0.168. It is illegal to drive in Texas if your blood-alcohol content is over 0.08.

It isn't known if the man has also been cited for underage drinking. It would seem that he would be, given that he was under 21 years of age and no should not have been drinking at all in the first place.

Once again, we want to strongly caution young people against drinking and driving or drinking underage. It can be hard sometimes, when all your friends are over 21 and are enjoying a drink or two on the weekends and you cannot partake, but you have to ask yourself whether breaking the law and joining them is worth the very real risk such a course of action poses.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Police: 18-year-old charged with DWI after crashing through parking gate on Texas A&M campus," Aug. 31, 2012