It is safe to say we all agree that people who do wrong should be punished. But isn't there also something to said for either dealing with matters promptly or else letting bygones be bygones?

That's a tough question to answer in a criminal law context, but it is one that comes to mind once in awhile. For example, a 43-year-old Conroe man was jailed last week for an alleged drunk driving incident that occurred all the way back in May 2009. We do not mean to say that the passage of time erases all wrongs, but shouldn't this either have been dealt with earlier?

Here's what seems to have happened: Three years ago, the man was allegedly found passed out behind the wheel of a pickup truck in the parking lot of a movie theater. After officers roused him, he allegedly had trouble maintaining his balance and vomited on himself.

It isn't clear what happened in the intervening years, but evidently, the man was not arrested over the incident until Tuesday, when he was booked in Brazos County Jail. He has now been charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm while intoxicated and with a first-offense DUI.

Now, we do not mean to say that the mere passage of time rights all wrongs. That being said, we do think it is important for law enforcement authorities to act efficiently and with promptness.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Man accused of driving drunk is charged in 2009 incident," Nov. 22, 2012