Fowlerville, Mich. – The Michigan State Police have released dashcam footage of the April 6 arrest of state Rep. Jewell Jones, a Democrat member of the State House of Representatives.
Authorities say Jones was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and resisting arrest after crashing his vehicle on I-96. State Troopers found Jones near his vehicle, which had the vanity plate ‘ELECTED’ in a ditch on the highway.
Two Troopers arriving at the scene of the crash said Jones was combative and attempted to flash a badge at police instead of his identification. Troopers had to take him to the ground, use tasers twice, and pepper spray him to get him in custody.
“I don’t give a f— bro, when I call Gretchen ill (sic) need yall (sic) ID’s badge numbers everything,” state Rep. Jewell Jones said, according to the report, which The Detroit News obtained Wednesday. He also said: “It’s not going to be good for you, I run y’all budget, bro,” according to a Trooper.
Police say Jones refused his blood test, but after a warrant was obtained his blood-alcohol level was at 0.19%, more than twice the legal limit.
The 26-year-old lawmaker faces charges including resisting and obstructing officers, driving with a high blood-alcohol content, reckless driving and possessing a weapon while under the influence.
In the Michigan Legislature, Jones is Democratic vice chairman of the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee.
When police arrived at the scene, according to @MIRSnews, Democrat State Rep. Jewell Jones and his unidentified female passenger were found with their pants down as the Tahoe remained in the ditch.
— Michigan GOP (@MIGOP) April 25, 2021
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