It is easy to make a minor mistake while driving. A driver misjudges another car's speed and distance and accidentally pulls out in front of the car, for example. Instances such as this likely happen every single day on Texas roads and only occasionally result in an accident. However, a former police recruit now faces a DWI charge after police say he pulled into the path of another car.
Police say that the car first came to their attention when the driver almost caused an accident. When the car was stopped, officers reported the smell of alcohol emanating from both the driver and a passenger. They also claimed they spotted weapons in plain sight.
The driver reportedly failed a field sobriety test, but his blood alcohol content is unclear. He was arrested for DWI and unlawfully carrying a weapon. He has since resigned his position with the Police Academy. His passenger was also arrested for public intoxication. Police say that several weapons were discovered in the vehicle.
A DWI charge is serious. As seen in this case, the charge, even without a conviction, caused the Texas police recruit to leave his position at the Police Academy. Because of the potential consequences of such charges, it is important that authorities ensure that such charges are warranted. Those charged often request the assistance of an experienced defense attorney to ensure lawful treatment. Such a professional can also advise a defendant regarding his or her options related to a criminal case, including whether to take the case to court or accept a plea deal, if available, for a reduced charge and/or sentence.
Source: lubbockonline.com, "Lubbock police recruit resigns amidst DWI allegation", Jordan Sigler, Dec. 22, 2015