Thursday, May 6, 2021

Police report lawmaker ‘was hostile’ during arrest

Jewell Jones
 following arrest.
New reports indicate that Michigan State Representative Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) and a woman passenger in his vehicle were both partially undressed when police approached the scene of his crashed SUV three weeks ago.

Published information indicates that Jones, 26, was holding up a woman near the passenger side door of the vehicle when state police approached. A paramedic responding to the scene of the accident observed that the woman's pants were down and Jones' pants were partially down according to official accounts of the scene from the Michigan Information & Research Service. 

The woman passenger in Jones' vehicle during the crash in Livingston County remains unidentified. 

She was transported from the scene by ambulance when medical responders determined she was unable to stand on her own, was unresponsive and had vomited. Jones protested her transfer into the ambulance and became argumentative, according to police reports. 

He insisted the woman be transferred back into his vehicle and initially refused to identify himself other than as a “person of importance.”  

Jones is facing obstruction and weapons charges after a loaded Glock handgun was found in the cup holder of the vehicle. Dashcam video released by police shows Jones arguing with officers at the scene where he reportedly attempted to use his elected position as a state representative to avoid arrest, telling troopers he would call Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on them during the stop.

As he continued to argue with officers and refused to produce identification, he was wrestled to the ground by two officers as he became increasingly combative, according to police. He was tased and pepper-sprayed in efforts to subdue him, police said.

Paramedics reported that Jones had slurred speech and exuded a strong odor of alcoholic beverages, according to official reports. Blood tests later confirmed Jones blood alcohol level at 1.7, more than twice the legal limit for drunk driving.

Jones, the youngest state representative elected, represents Garden City, Inkster, and portions of Dearborn Heights, Livonia, and Westland. 

He is facing four counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer, operating a vehicle with a high blood alcohol content and operating while intoxicated, reckless driving, and possession of a weapon while under the influence of alcohol.