A College Station man will spend up to 30 years in prison after being convicted of a fourth DWI. We hope this man's circumstances serve as a cautionary tale to our readers. Our criminal justice system does not take kindly to repeat DWI offenders.

The 49-year-old man has 19 prior criminal convictions and has been sentenced to prison four times previously. Not all of those incidents involved alcohol.

The man was arrested earlier this year after someone called 911 to report a suspicious person in her residential complex. As far as we can tell, police officers who responded to the call thought he was drunk, but it is not quite clear what led them to believe this.

The man has had previous legal trouble with alcohol and that criminal history enabled officers to obtain a blood sample for analysis, even though the man would not submit to field sobriety tests. The results of his blood alcohol content test have not been publicized.

When we hear about someone like this who keeps making similar mistakes over and over again, we wonder if enough is being done to intervene. All people are responsible for their own actions and make their own choices, of course, but if we are interested in public safety, then we ought to take strong measures to curb behaviors like repeated drunk driving. Punishment is called for in many situations, no doubt, but a rehabilitative element might be necessary here, too. Clearly, this man was not able to change his behavior on his own.

Source: The Bryan-College Station, "Man gets 30 years for fourth DWI," March 23, 2013

  • We mentioned field sobriety tests and blood alcohol content tests because they are important components of any DWI arrest. For more information, you might visit our Field Sobriety Tests page.