Police rescue driver from flaming car and issue DWI citation

Drivers who may be intoxicated do not usually appreciate the presence of police. In a variation on this theme, a driver who was allegedly intoxicated may owe her life to the proximity of College Station police at the moment when she lost control of her car.

According to police reports, the woman was driving on Highway 6 when her car left the highway and landed in a creek that ran alongside the highway. The sedan landed upside down and caught fire. College Station police officers were nearby and were able to pull the woman from the flaming car before she suffered any serious injury. The woman was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The woman plainly owes a significant debt to the police officers who pulled her from her blazing car, but she probably does not the same appreciation for what happened next. After delivering the woman to the hospital, the police arrested her and booked her into the Brazos County jail. The police officers then charged her with driving while intoxicated. The woman’s alleged blood alcohol concentration was not disclosed. The woman was released after posting a $3,000 bond.

Several questions remain unanswered. Why did the police think that the woman was intoxicated? Was a blood alcohol test administered at the site of the accident? Was a blood test administered by hospital staff? The answers to these questions could play a significant role in whether the woman decided to accept a plea agreement or chooses to go to trial.