Alleged drunk driving Democrat state lawmaker tells troopers to call Governor Whitmer or face political fallout

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FOWLERVILLE, MI – A Michigan state representative was caught on video fighting with police and medics at the scene of his alleged drunk driving crash and threatening police with political retaliation, identifying himself as a police officer, and demanding they call the Governor.

State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) told Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers he had approval over their budget and threatened to call Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after driving his car into a ditch while drunk on Interstate 96 near Fowlerville.

Police had received several calls about reckless and dangerous driving by someone in a vehicle matching the description of Jones’ black 2017 Chevy Tahoe, with the vanity plate “ELECTED,” including a report that a similar vehicle was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-96, according to reports.

Jones allegedly assaulted first responders who attempted to assist him and his passenger at the scene. Police reports state that when first responders arrived at the crash, Jones and a female passenger had their pants down.

A paramedic on scene had observed the woman’s pants were down and Jones’ pants were partially down, according to the report. 

Jones, at one point, identified himself as a state representative and at another point flashed a badge and said he was an off-duty officer during the incident.

Officers attempted to obtain identification from Jones several times, but he refused saying, “I can’t do that.” Jones began to struggle with officers, and they forced him to the ground to restrain him.

In the video, police can be heard yelling, “Stop resisting,” at Jones as he struggled.

At one point, Jones tells officers:

“I’m telling y’all that’s not gonna (sic) be good for you. I run y’all’s budget.”

Jones continued to fight arresting officers, and police had to pepper spray and taser the representative to obtain control of him. As police continued to try and obtain Jones’ identification, he shouted:

“I’ll call Governor Whitmer right now bro! I’m a state rep. I’m going to give it to you. When I call Gretchen, I’m gonna need y’all’s IDs, badge numbers, and everything.”

Police eventually gained control of Jones, and he was walked to an awaiting police vehicle. At the vehicle, Jones asked the officers to call MSP director Col. Joe Gasper:

“Tell Joe who you got and call fucking Joe. I don’t care if he’s up or not. If he’s not up, wake him up, tell Joe who you have handcuffed.”

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According to police reports, Jones tried to enter an ambulance that arrived to take his unidentified passenger to the hospital. Jones also allegedly pushed an emergency medical technician in the chest.

The woman was eventually placed in an ambulance after it was determined she was unable to stand on her own, had vomited, and was essentially unresponsive.

While emergency personnel administered care to the female, Jones identified himself and the woman as people of importance, according to the report. The lawmaker also requested that EMS bring the woman home or assist with getting her inside of his vehicle so he could drive her home himself. 

A loaded .40-caliber Glock handgun was found in the cup holder beside the driver’s seat, according to police.

Following his arrest, Jones refused to submit to a breath test so police obtained a warrant for a blood draw. The blood alcohol content result was 0.19%, more than double the legal limit of 0.08%.

Jones, 26, 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.

 

He was arraigned Friday in 53rd District Court in Howell. Resisting and obstructing police carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.

Jones was free on bond.

His attorney, Ali Hammoud, pointed out that Jones is presumed innocent. The attorney claimed that Jones is an auxiliary police officer in Inkster.

Hammoud said that the officers used excessive force during the arrest:

“I clearly think it’s an excessive use of force by the police.”

Hammoud denied that Jones was even in a crash. The representative’s black 2o17 Chevy Tahoe was not in view of the police video. The attorney claims there was never an accident and that the vehicle was never in a ditch.

Jones’ attorney also claimed there was no reason for police to suspect he was intoxicated:

“There was no indication of alcohol.”

Despite the attorney’s claims, the first arriving trooper at the crash wrote in a report that Jones appeared highly intoxicated:

“There was a strong odor of intoxicants coming from him and his speech was slurred as he spoke. His eyes were red bloodshot and glassy and his fine motor skills were poor.”

Hammoud declined to comment further on the case until all the evidence was reviewed.

Jones is serving his third two-year term in the state House. He cannot run for state representative again because of term limits.

Texas Democratic House Leader Donna Lasinski told reporters she would let the legal system play out before making a decision on political action against Jones, such as removal from committees:

“These are serious charges. It’s important to let the investigation proceed and the legal process play out, so all the facts can come to light.”

Gov. Whitmer’s office has not made a comment regarding the incident.

 

 

 

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