Former state Rep. Brandon Hixon of Caldwell was arrested Saturday night on charges of driving under the influence and resisting or obstructing officers.
His booking into the Ada County Jail is listed on the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, with the Meridian Police Department as the arresting agency. Hixon was booked at 9:10 p.m. Saturday.
Officers were first alerted to Hixon after another motorist called police about a suspected drunk driver between Kuna and Meridian on Highway 69/Meridian Road northbound, according to a press release from the city of Meridian. The witness stated the driver was swerving and almost drove off the roadway.
A Meridian police officer located the vehicle Hixon was driving and initiated a traffic stop on Meridian Road at the Interstate 84 westbound on-ramp. Hixon refused to stop and continued driving before yielding to the officer on I-84 at Linder Road, according to the press release.
Hixon then refused the exit the vehicle, and officers, not knowing exactly what they were dealing with, conducted a high-risk stop, according to the release. Hixon eventually exited the vehicle and was taken into custody. Officers conducted standardized field sobriety tests, and Hixon submitted to a breath alcohol content test, which resulted in an alcohol level which indicated a blood alcohol content of almost twice the legal limit, according to the release.
Hixon was booked into the Ada County Jail for misdemeanor driving under the influence and misdemeanor resisting and obstructing officers, stemming from his initial refusal to stop his vehicle and his failure to comply with officers during the stop.
Hixon, 36, resigned from the Legislature in October after confirming through his attorney that he was under investigation by law enforcement. The investigation by the Caldwell Police Department has been turned over to the Idaho Attorney General’s Office for further investigation.
Caldwell police, Hixon’s attorney and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office would not disclose the details of that investigation.
Hixon was first elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012, defeating Democratic challenger and teacher Travis Manning, whom he also defeated in 2014. Hixon won again in 2016 against challenger Jeremy Lopett.
During the 2017 legislative session, he served on the Business, Health and Welfare, and Transportation and Defense committees.
The Idaho Press-Tribune previously reported that Hixon received five misdemeanors before age 21, which he had referred to as “youthful indiscretions.”
In the wake of Hixon’s resignation, Gov. Butch Otter last month appointed Jarom Wagoner to fill Hixon’s seat in the Idaho House of Representatives.