Third DWI Charge for Franklin Man Who Parked on On-Ramp

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COLLEGE STATION A Franklin man with a pair of convictions for driving while intoxicated has been hit with a third charge after police spotted him parked on an on ramp of Highway 6 in College Station.

According to College Station Police, James Bertrand was spotted around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday standing outside his pickup, which he had parked in the middle of a ramp in the 1700 block of Hwy 6, which is the Harvey Road area. Bertrand, 52, was reportedly digging through the rear left passenger side area.

CSPD says Bertrand told an officer had parked on the feeder road, and that he was traveling from Houston to Franklin. Bertrand reportedly said he had consumed three beers and a shot of liquor while in Houston. The officer stated Bertrand had slurred speech, a smell of alcohol on his breath, and balance issues as he walked.

According to the police report, Bertrand has a January 2001 DWI conviction in Harris County, and a June 2009 DWI conviction in Waller County.

In Texas, a conviction of a third DWI carries a penalty of two-to-ten years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. It is a third degree felony.

As of Wednesday morning, Bertrand remained the Brazos County Jail, with bond showing at $8,000.