A freshman at Texas A & M is facing multiple criminal charges, including a felony, after he struck a police officer in the foot with his car. The police officer was trying to control traffic at the time of the incident.
According to College Station police, the incident happened after a recent home football game on the Texas A & M campus. The student allegedly disregarded a police officer’s orders to head south in order to better facilitate the flow of traffic out of the stadium. Instead, the young man, who is only 19, temporarily went toward oncoming traffic. He then jerked his car back in to the correct lane, striking the officer in his foot. It is not clear whether the officer was seriously injured.
Following the accident, the police detained the man on suspicion of DWI and also charged him with an assault on the police officer the man struck. Following the man’s arrest, police also searched his vehicle and found an open container of beer and some marijuana, as well as a prescription medicine that police have accused the young man of not having legally.
The young man has now been released from the Brazos County Jail after posting bond. However, he is now facing the possibility of going to jail for a decade and having to pay a $10,000 fine. Additionally, he also will have to deal with any repercussions these charges may have on his college education, including his ability to get student loans, as well as his future professional opportunities. He will need to be able to defend himself in court to the extent possible and should be well aware of all of his legal rights and options.
Source: The Eagle, “College Station police: intoxicated Texas A & M student drivers over officer’s foot,” October 10, 2017.
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