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Michigan state Rep. Jewell Jones sent to jail after judge revokes bond in drunken driving case

Michigan state Rep. Jewell Jones, D-Inkster, had his bond revoked by a judge and was taken into custody on Tuesday after he violated bond phrases for a 3rd time.

Jones was beforehand out on bond after an alleged drunken driving crash occurred earlier this year in Livingston County.

“I am one to believe in graduated sanctions and not jailing this man until sentencing, but I am going to revoke bond at this time,” mentioned Livingston County Circuit Judge Michael Hatty, in accordance to the Detroit News.


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Jones, who’s 26-years-old, has an alcohol tether, which detects the presence of alcohol in an individual’s sweat. According to court docket data, Jones’ tether confirmed alcohol in his system at three totally different occasions on September 3. In addition, he additionally tampered with the tether on September 6.

“This defendant’s actions — from his conduct during the charged crimes through each of the three bond violations — show that he believes that, as a person who writes our laws, that he is above our laws,” mentioned assistant prosecutor Christina Richards. “There is also a very strong public perception that the defendant is getting special treatment because of his position.”

According to Michigan State Police reports, Jones was arrested on April 6 when his Chevy Tahoe weaved in and out of lanes on Interstate 96 earlier than he pulled off right into a ditch. His blood alcohol content material was 0.19, greater than twice the authorized restrict of 0.08, the report famous.

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During his arrest, Jones told officers that their actions are “not going to be good for you,” including that he would “call Governor [Gretchen] Whitmer right now,” in accordance to the police report.

Jones additionally referred to Whitmer as a “homie” when officers tried to seize his consumption picture and not using a face masks. “You know what? Big Gretch is the homie. When she finds out about this, she might be a little upset about the treatment,” Jones mentioned. “She’s very serious about the pandemic so I’m just wondering if I can wear the mask.”

Under Judge Hatty’s order, a pretrial convention with Jones is scheduled for Friday.


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