Columbia police say the 24-year-old son of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is accused of driving while intoxicated after being pulled over for running a red light.
According to police, Willson Nixon was stopped in Columbia Thursday night. Police say officers smelled intoxicants and performed a field sobriety test before arresting Nixon shortly after midnight. He faces a municipal DWI charge.
Gov. Nixon issued a statement Saturday afternoon saying the matter will be addressed through the municipal legal process. He says the issue will be dealt with privately as a family.
Willson Nixon is the governor’s youngest son. He was cited for possession of marijuana in September 2011 while he was a junior at the University of Missouri.
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Those charges were later dropped because of a lack of evidence.