Gov. Nixon's son accused of driving while intoxicated
COLUMBIA (AP) - The 24-year-old son of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated after being pulled over in Columbia.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Willson Wheeler Nixon of Branson was arrested just after midnight Friday morning.
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.
Scott Holste, the press secretary for Gov. Nixon, released a statement from the Governor Saturday that said: "This matter will be addressed through the municipal legal process. We love our son Will very much and this is something we will be dealing with privately as a family."
Willson Nixon is the governor's youngest son and was cited for possession of marijuana in September 2011 while he was a junior at the University of Missouri.
Those charges were later dropped because of a lack of evidence.