A 49-year-old Bryan man was arrested over the weekend after he fled a police officer and then got into a traffic accident. Authorities now alleged that he was drunk at the time of the accident.

The man had been pulled over by a police officer who was investigating the possibility of DUI around 11:20 p.m. Saturday. The officer claimed he thought the man might be drunk because he saw his 2002 Ford F-150 weaving in and out of traffic.

In his incident report, the officer said that when he was interviewing the man, he could smell alcohol on the man's breath. The officer also reported that the man's speech was slurred and he was having trouble articulating his thoughts.

Allegedly, the man sped off when the officer asked him for his driver's license.

Police caught up with him when they responded to a nearby traffic accident a short time later. A woman who had been driving down North Texas Avenue reported that she had been struck by a vehicle matching the one pulled over earlier. She said the driver had fled the scene on foot. The woman was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for observation, complaining of hip pain.

The man was apprehended in a backyard not far from the accident scene. He has been charged with DUI, causing an accident that involved serious bodily injury and evading arrest with a vehicle.

Coverage of this man's arrest does not make any mention of what sort of blood-alcohol tests, if any, were performed on the man.

Source: The Bryan- College Station Eagle, "Police: Drunken driver fled, caused wreck," Oct. 8, 2012