Former state Rep. Brandon Hixon was again arrested and charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence.
Hixon was listed Saturday night on the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office arrest list as being arrested at 6:35 p.m. on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and an infraction of open container.
This is the second arrest in less than a month for Hixon, the former Republican state representative from Caldwell’s District 10.
Hixon, 36, was arrested Dec. 9 after Meridian police responded to a report of a drunk driver. A breath test later that night showed Hixon’s blood alcohol content to be almost twice the legal limit, according to police. Hixon is scheduled to appear at the Ada County Courthouse on Jan. 2 on charges of misdemeanor DUI and resisting and obstructing officers, according to the Idaho courts repository.
In the Meridian incident, a witness had called police to report a swerving vehicle on northbound Meridian Road/Highway 69, according to Meridian police.
Officers found the vehicle, driven by Hixon, and initiated a traffic stop on Meridian Road at the Interstate 84 westbound on-ramp. Police said Hixon continued driving for about a mile before stopping on Interstate 84 at Linder Road.
Hixon eventually exited and was taken into custody and booked into the Ada County Jail on the night of Dec. 9. According to the Ada County Jail, Hixon bonded out on a total of $800 on Dec. 10.
These incidents are separate from an ongoing investigation of Hixon, who resigned from the Idaho Legislature in October after confirming through his attorney that he is under criminal investigation for undisclosed charges. The Caldwell Police Department has since turned the case over to the Idaho Attorney General’s Office for further investigation. Caldwell police, the Idaho Attorney General’s Office and Hixon’s attorney would not disclose the details of the investigation.
Hixon was first elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012, defeating Democratic challenger Travis Manning, whom he also defeated in 2014. Hixon won again in 2016 against challenger Jeremy Lopett.
The Idaho Press-Tribune previously reported that Hixon received five misdemeanors before age 21, which he had referred to as “youthful indiscretions.”
Following Hixon’s resignation, Gov. Butch Otter appointed Jarom Wagoner last month to fill Hixon’s House seat.