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.
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A man wanted on two warrants in Lake County was arrested Tuesday after he was found hiding under insulation in the attic of his home in Round Lake Beach, authorities said.
Dustin M. Serna, 31, was arrested in the 500 block of Pheasant Court by members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Team and the U.S. Marshals Service’s Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Serna was wanted on one warrant for failure to appear on prior domestic battery and driving under the influence/alcohol cases. The other warrant was for an aggravated battery charge, the sheriff’s office said.
On Tuesday, members of the sheriff’s warrant team and Round Lake Beach police detectives learned Serna was inside of his residence. Authorities and a police dog located Serna in the attic hiding under insulation.
Serna was arrested without incident and transported to Round Lake Beach Police Department and later to the Lake County Jail, where he is being held on $75,000 bail.
He was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police caught a repeat drunk driver thanks to the power of social media.
Dispatch was alerted to a crash on the Valley High School campus Saturday because of several social media posts.
A car had run through some landscaping and into a fence. When officers got there, they found 35-year-old Pete Perez unconscious behind the wheel.
The officer says he was unable to awake Perez so he was transported to the hospital.
Officers found a nearly empty bottle of Fireball in the car. They also found Perez had five prior DWI convictions.
He’s now facing his sixth and a charge of reckless driving.