UFC lightweight champion Jon Jones has been arrested due to aggravated DWI and the negligent use of a firearm this Tuesday morning. This incident took place in Albuquerque, and the local police department confirmed this story.
According to the latest information, Jones has been released from custody. Apart from the two violations mentioned above, Jones was also arrested for possession of an open container, and driving without proof of insurance.
The incident happened at 12:58 a.m. Tuesday morning, with the police officer responding to a gunshot, and finding Jones at the site. He also found an open bottle of alcohol behind the driver’s seat where Jones sat. The UFC champion stated that he doesn’t know where gunshot took place and didn’t resist the demands of the officer to take a sobriety test.
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After failing the test, Jones was arrested and taken into custody. Later on, the 32-year old underwent a breathalyzer test with the results coming back the next morning. It turned out that the fighter had twice the alcohol percentage than allowed.
The gun, which was also found in Jones’ possession at the time of the arrest, was tested for determining whether it was used before in some illegal activity. Gilbert Gallegos, the director of communications in Albuquerque Police, revealed this information but didn’t tell the results of the test. Instead, he just added that the job of the police is to reduce gun violence.
“As part of the investigation into this incident, our Gun Violence Reduction Unit will test the firearm and bullet casing to determine whether the gun has been used in any crimes. Reducing gun violence in Albuquerque is our top priority,” said Gallegos.
This is not the first time Jones had been arrested in Albuquerque. Back in 2015, he ran through the red light and hit two vehicles before running away from the crime scene. The police would issue a warrant for his arrest, and Jones eventually decided to turn in.
During the trial, the fighter pleaded guilty for running from the crime scene, and was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation.
Three years earlier, in 2012, he was arrested for DUI. Jones crashed into a pole in Binghampton, New York, and also pleaded guilty to all the chargers. That misdemeanor cost him some money and a six-month driver’s license suspension.
Jon Jones lives and trains in Albuquerque. He is one of the best UFC fighters of all time and the lightweight champion since 2011. His latest title defense came in February at UFC 247. Back then, Bones defeated Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision, but it needs to be said that he met his match in this contest. Reyes was quite a challenge for the champion.
Apart from being controversial outside the octagon, his sports career had been anything but ordinary and by the book. Jones had three suspensions, from which he managed to came back stronger each time. He was involved in a doping scandal that saw him being stripped of his belt.
He didn’t want to fight Chael Sonnen at the UFC 151. Sonnen was the last-minute replacement of Dan Henderson, and that was the first-ever card in UFC, which had to be canceled. Also, numerous rivals had remarks about him deliberately trying to poke them in the eye, or for illegal use of elbows.
After beating Reyes, Jones is still waiting for his next opponent. Still, so far, there weren’t any hints who might that be.
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