A 20-year-old College Station woman spat and swung at police officers as they tried to detain her on a public intoxication charge.

Although we understand that arrests can be frightening and anger-inducing, we have to say that there are better ways to handle such situations than the method chosen by this woman. For one thing, police officers deserve our respect and civility, and for another, this kind of conduct certainly does not help your case in any way.

College Station police officers were summoned to Grand Station Entertainment Center on South Earl Rudder Freeway late Sunday night on a call that an intoxicated woman had assaulted another patron.

When officers found the woman referred to in the call, she tried to avoid them and then resisted when officers tried to arrest her. As she was being put into a squad car, she reportedly spat twice at the arresting officer.

As we said, we understand that arrests are frightening, but there are better ways to behave than the way this woman did. She is now charged with two misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and public intoxication, as well as harassment of a public servant. That last charge is a third-degree felony that is punishable by a jail term of up to 10 years.

Whether you are charged with DWI, public intoxication, underage consumption or some other alcohol-related offense, it's always a good idea to keep your wits about you as best you can. Remember: experienced counsel is available if you think you need it.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Police: Intoxicated woman spit on officer after arrest," Dec. 18, 2012