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The Jon Jones saga with the law continues as he has now been arrested in Albuquerque early Thursday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated.
The news was confirmed by MMA Fighting who also obtained an arrest record showing that Jones was arrested at 1am on 312 Central Avenue in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the 26th March 2020.
Jones was also arrested for negligent use of firearms, possession of an open container and no proof of insurance in the vehicle.
Officer’s responded to reports of gunshots being fired and Jones was found in the driver’s seat of his vehicle stating that he didn’t know anything about the gunshots. The officers suspected that Jones was drunk and breathalysed the UFC champion to find he was double the legal limit.
After Jones was arrested a handgun was then found underneath his seat in the car and a bottle of Recuerdo Mezcal tequila found behind the passenger seat.
The Albuquerque police is taking the issue very seriously and have stated to MMA Fighting that they will be investigating the firearm and the bullet casing to determine whether the gun has been used in any previous crimes.
“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.”
Jones also admit to the officers that he had been driver earlier that night and intended to drive again after drinking.
Jones has become synonymous with vehicle related crimes with another drink driving offence previously followed by a much more serious hit and run collision with a pregnant woman back in 2015.
Jones has been very active lately however troubles with the law have led to delays in Jones’ MMA career in the past. It remains to be seen what results from this case and whether this will put any further restrictions on Jones’ MMA career.