College Station police said a 24-year-old was drunk when he nearly crashed into a police car then sideswiped another vehicle over the weekend.

An officer was stopped on the west feeder road of Texas 6 just before midnight Saturday when he noticed a car coming at his vehicle. He began waving his arms and shouting at the driver of the car, and the vehicle switched lanes but didn't stop, according to the arrest report.

Police then received a report that a vehicle had been sideswiped by what appeared to be the same car, but the driver didn't stop, the report states.

Officers located the vehicle in front of a home on Arrington Road, still running with no one in it, a short time later. The driver was found a short distance from the car riding a bicycle, which he rode into a ditch where he tried to hide from officers, according to the police report.

He was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for driving while intoxicated, which is punishable by a year in jail and a $4,000 fine, and a Class B misdemeanor for causing an accident involving damage to a vehicle, which is punishable by 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

The man was released from the Brazos County Jail on Sunday after posting $6,000 bail.

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Edvard

Yet another college-aged person who nearly plowed into a cop, but The Eagle's Editors believe he does not "impact the community".


Apparently, an AM newsradio website has a different idea of which suspects are dangers to the community:

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'CS DWI Arrest Follows Chase'
Posted by Bill Oliver
Monday, November 12th, 2012

"College Station Police say a man was driving under the influence at more than twice the legal limit when a patrolman was nearly hit.

This was Saturday night on the southbound freeway service road south of Rock Prairie Road.

Officer Rhonda Seaton says 24 year old Drake Groves of College Station was found by a second officer three miles later on Arrington Road south of Fitch, riding a bicycle in a ditch.

The first officer was investigating a minor crash and tried to get Groves to pull over after approaching the patrol vehicle at a high rate of speed.

Instead, Groves went around, accelerated, then sideswiped another car exiting off the freeway. That driver was able to follow Groves until he stopped with three flat tires on Arrington.

Seaton says two breath samples given by Groves measured .210 and .203."
wtaw.com/2012/11/12/cs-dwi-arrest-follows-chase/

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This is nothing new. I have listed examples of this hundreds of times. I vehemently disagree with the unevenly applied editorial policy of identifying only felony offenders. Exceptions/contradictory cases to this policy were defended by the Managing Editor to me as "...our judgment on a case-by-case basis in determining whether to name people who have been arrested on misdemeanor charges. With some exceptions based on the type of alleged crime and whether the alleged crime has a larger impact on the community...".




By endangering the public, and a peace officer on duty, this man has made a impact on the community. I'd love to hear a specific justification of why drunk drivers who are a real, physical danger to the community, are not identified, but repeat shoplifters, copper-thieves, and habitual public intoxication arrests on foot (not endangering the public in a vehicle), are deliberately pilloried.




I contend that these drunk drivers pose a possible future threat to the community too, beyond the danger of the current offense.




I do appreciate that a town of this size still has a daily newspaper. I do not believe, however, that this exempts the paper from criticism. This being a university town, the paper should expect such criticism. And with the frequency of profound and routine errors especially since March, and hardly tapering off after the paper's sale, such criticism is more than merited.

roy g

We used to be able to compare the CSPD Significant Activity Report and Justiceweb, but the jail site appears to be down or inaccessible now. The CSPDAR was literally flooded with drunks so this incident was a little difficult to weed out. One does stick out but it would be irresponsible to state a name here without any verification.

Edvard

From JusticeWeb:
COLLEGE STATION POLICE DEPARTMENT
Confined 11/11/2012 10:32am
Released 11/11/2012 01:04pm
Mugshot: http://i47.tinypic.com/2ez05xd.jpg

Groves, Drake Dillon
801 Spring Loop Apt XXXX
College Station, Tx 77840
White Male 6' 170 05/09/1988
Hair Brown
Eyes Blue

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED BAC ≥ 0.15 11/11/2012 - Held $4000.00
ACCIDENT INVOLVING DAMAGE TO VEHICLE ≥ $200 11/11/2012 - Held $2000.00

Alex Pacek

I too am curious as to the criteria involved in TheEagle posting mugshots and names? As in, why does this article lack the name and public humiliation of a mugshot before a conviction as is quite commonly published?

Ladybug

Another nameless person. Oh Wait, I didn't know that his name was "24".[beam]

Sam

His name is 24 year old. Only if it benefits the story are they going to put all the information out there. Otherwise, it's selective reporting. Just like the lady that shot her husband because she thought he was a skunk. We will never know who that was. Money also determines how much information is made public.

Nunya Bidness

What is the criteria The Eagle uses for deciding whether or not to print the names of those arrested for DWI, if any? One would think that there would be an editorial policy that guides such things, but apparently there is none, as sometimes in situations like this they do publish the names, other times no.

But then, this IS The Eagle..........

harry up

This is such a routine occurrence in this city, is it really even newsworthy anymore?

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