Thursday, April 15, 2021

Area legislator arrested following vehicle crash

Jewell Jones
State Rep. Jewell Jones has been released from the Livingston County Jail following his arrest last week following a traffic accident.

He was arrested by Michigan State Police last Tuesday, April 6, and released on Wednesday afternoon, officials said, “pending further investigation” while lab tests are completed, they said.

Jones represents the 11th District which includes Garden City and Inkster, and portions of Dearborn Heights, Livonia and Westland.

According to Michigan State Police, a 25-year-old Inkster man was arrested following a crash on I-96 late Tuesday night in Livingston County. While state police did not identify Jones, a video recording of a Chevrolet Tahoe driving on the shoulder of I-96 and then erratically swerving while traveling at about 50 to 55 mph was submitted by a witness to police.

The witness told officers that the vehicle, a black SUV with a plate reading “elected” nearly hit a bridge before an exit. The description matches a vehicle registered to Jones, officials said.

Jones arraignment on any charges is pending the results of lab tests.

Republican Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth issued a statement noting, “What I've heard so far is incredibly disappointing. Elected officials and community leaders have the people's trust and must be held to a higher standard. We will continue to assess the situation as the legal process plays out and more facts come to light.” 

The Livingston County Prosecutor's Office confirmed an ongoing review of a file related to Jones. 

“The matter is under investigation and it would not be appropriate to provide any further comment,” the office said in a prepared statement.

House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski, D-Scio Township, said her office was still gathering information about what happened late Wednesday afternoon.

“Given this is an active investigation, we will not be offering further comment until we get additional facts,” she said.