Michigan Democrat state representative Jewell Jones has reportedly been charged with multiple counts after a collision outside Fowlerville on Tuesday.
According to Fox News, police arrested Jones on April 6th; his first hearing was held on Friday via Zoom. The Detroit Free Press reports that the judge "released Jones ... on a $15,000 personal bond ... and ordered him to abstain from alcohol, illegal drugs and recreational marijuana, submit to random drug and alcohol testing, and surrender to the Michigan State Police all weapons except those he needs for his Michigan National Guard duty."
The 26 year old politician's blood-alcohol level was "allegedly twice the legal limit, Fox News reports. They go on to state that he "resisted arrest when police arrived", and that "law enforcement also discovered a Glock in the glove compartment of his vehicle". It was reported that "Jones was so confrontational ... that state troopers used a Taser and pepper spray on him".
Jones was elected in 2016 as the youngest representative in state history, and is also a member of the National Guard, as well as an auxiliary police officer in Inkster, Michigan. According to Local 4 Detroit, "he continued to be confrontational uncooperative and using status of importance by flashing badges instead of the IDs being asked for by law enforcement".
The Detroit Free Press stated that Jones has been charged with "resisting and obstructing a police officer, operating a motor vehicle with a high blood alcohol content, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, possession of a weapon while under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving".
If found guilty, he faces a minimum sentence of 2 years. Jones' attorney says he is "presumed innocent", and will "continue to faithfully serve his constituents".