Former student charged with DWI after Worth Hills crash


Tarrant County prosecutors have charged a former TCU student with driving while intoxicated, according to court records.

Michael Tomlin was arrested early April 6, after the truck he was driving crashed into the Worth Hills construction site on campus. He and a passenger, who is not a TCU student, sustained minor bruises and abrasions.  

Tomlin is listed as a former student in the TCU email database, and Lisa Albert, director of communications, confirmed that he is no longer enrolled at the university.

A court date hadn’t been set as of Monday.

The truck destroyed a portion of fencing around the site just south of the West Berry Street and Stadium Drive intersection. According to TCU Police officer Kevin Foster, the black truck veered out of control as it came around the corner around 1 a.m.

The truck came to rest in the mud after crashing through the fence and the construction site of the new Worth Hills residence halls.

According to Sgt. Kelly Peel of the Fort Worth Police Department, Tomlin was evaluated using a field sobriety test and was arrested soon after.

The TCU Student Handbook lists intoxication as violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Any student whose behavior evidences drunkenness on the campus will be in violation of the university’s policy, and is subject to the sanctions under the policy.

Texas state law says that a driving while intoxicated charge is classified as anywhere from a Class B misdemeanor to a third-degree felony. The minimum punishment is 72 hours to 180 days in jail or a fine of up to $2,000, or both. The maximum punishment is two to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.