A Bryan man was arrested Monday night after he allegedly caused two accidents in what police describe as a drunk driving incident. He has been charged with one count of DWI and two counts of an accident causing damage.

According to local authorities, a witness called police just before midnight to say that someone driving ahead of him or her had struck two vehicles and failed to stop. That same witness then allegedly saw the driver plunge through a fence and plow into a storage facility at Bryan Avenue and Finfeather Road.

When the police arrived, the 22-year-old driver and his passenger allegedly tried to flee the scene on feet. Officers quickly caught up with the two, however, and when they did, they reportedly noticed that the man smelled strongly of alcohol and was having difficulty standing upright. Supposedly, the man then failed several field sobriety tests.

What interests us about this story is how it seems that so much of the "case" against the man comes from a witness report. We know absolutely nothing about the person who called police to report the man's alleged erratic driving, so there is no assurance that he or she is reliable or honest.

Another thing we would like to say is that if this man did hit two vehicles, then he ought to have stopped and tried to get in touch with the owners of the vehicles. It's right thing to do, and it does not look good if a person leaves the scene of an accident like this. (We are presuming, of course, that the man did hit the vehicles and knew he hit the vehicles.)

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Police: Witness reports seeing drunken driver hit vehicles, crash through fence," March 26, 2013

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