Meet Benjamin Hixon. The 21-year-old Augusta man wasn’t wearing his seat belt at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and when a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop him for it, Hixon gunned it.
The young man led officers on a high-speed chase for 15 minutes with two unrestrained children inside. The chase ended when his vehicle finally stalled, according to a sheriff’s report.
But that wasn’t the end of it. Hixon ran and then struggled with five deputies, which could explain his injuries.
A witness says Hixon had two small children in his truck, who were unrestrained as he sped through neighborhoods in excess of 60 mph while children played in the streets.
Hixon was wanted on an “order to show cause” warrant, which could explain why he fled. But now he faces charges of attempting to elude police, obstruction, no seatbelt and no child safety restraint.
Hixon has caused some trouble in his young life, beginning with an arrest two years ago for underage drinking and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He got probation in that case.
Also in 2010, Hixon was linked to a meth lab and charged with trafficking meth and felony marijuana possession, but prosecutors later dropped the charges. But last year, he was found with marijuana and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. A judge ordered probation, community service and a fine, which Hixon has not paid.
Normally, not paying a fine or completing community service can lead to an order to show cause warrant, and he may have known that when he ran Tuesday night.