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Michigan Lawmaker Caught Sneaking Handcuff Key Into Jail After Bond Is Revoked

Livingston County, MI – A state representative who was arrested on Tuesday after violating his bond for the third time tried to sneak a handcuff key into the Livingston County Jail.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office took Michigan State Representative Jewell Jones into custody in the courtroom on Sept. 14 after the judge revoked his bond in a drunk driving case, WJBK reported.

Jones was out on bond following an April arrest after he drove under the influence and was found by police with his pants down with a woman in his wrecked SUV.

He fought with police and paramedics who were trying to care for his injured passenger and then police found a loaded Glock in the cup holder of his SUV.

Jones initially posted a video of himself to social media that showed he had two black eyes and implied that he had been the victim of police brutality

But police released dashcam video of the incident that showed Jones threatening and then fighting with police and paramedics who were trying to treat his passenger before he was arrested, WJBK reported.

Then the toxicology came back and showed he had a blood alcohol level of .19, Jones was re-arrested and charged with four counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer, operating a vehicle with a high blood alcohol content, operating while intoxicated, reckless driving, and possession of a weapon while under the influence of alcohol, The Detroit News reported.

The police report said that paramedics noticed that Jones and his female passenger both had their pants down when first responders arrived.

Jones was holding the woman up, and she had vomited and appeared to be unable to stand on her own, according to the police report.

When paramedics tried to treat her, Jones announced that he and the woman were important people and asked them to either take her home or help him put her in his car so he could take her home, WJBK reported.

Dashcam video showed that Jones refused to give his driver’s license to the troopers.

The police report said the lawmaker threatened the troopers that if they did not release him, he would call the governor, The Detroit News reported.

“I don’t give a f–k bro, when I call Gretchen ill [sic] need yall [sic] ID’s, badge numbers, everything,” Jones said, according to the report.

“It’s not going to be good for you, I run y’all budget, bro,” he warned the state troopers arresting him.

Troopers attempted to detain Jones and he resisted, so they took him to the ground, The Detroit News reported.

Dashcam video showed Jones fighting with troopers on the ground for several minutes.

The police report said Jones struggled with officers and refused to comply with commands, so they deployed an electrical weapon on him twice.

Then troopers pepper-sprayed him, The Detroit News reported.

He was eventually taken into custody amidst ongoing threats to call the governor and the head of the state police, the dashcam video showed.

When Jones was released on bond, the conditions of his release said he was prohibited from drinking alcohol and included a tether that monitored when he had alcohol in his system, WJBK reported.

He violated his bond in June when lied about going to National Guard training in northern Michigan when he went drinking with friends in Wayne.

The lawmaker violated his bond a second time in July when he failed to pay the bill for his court-ordered tether, WJBK reported.

The judge warned Jones on that occasion that the next violation would result in him going to jail.

But then in September, the tether indicated that Jones once again had been drinking, and he admitted to the judge that he had actually put a sock between his skin and the tether for 14 hours to fool the system, WJBK reported.

Livingston County Judge Michael Hatty ordered deputies to take Jones into custody in the courtroom and book him into the Livingston County Jail, but the notoriously-young, elected official had one more surprise up his sleeve.

He was caught trying to sneak the handcuff key into the jail with him, Livingston Daily reported.

“I can confirm he brought a handcuff key into jail,” Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy said. “We have completed a report and forwarded it to the prosecutor’s office.”

Sheriff Murphy wouldn’t say how Jones has gotten the key from the courtroom to the jail, according to Livingston Daily.

“This guy is a piece of work,” the sheriff said. “He truly believes that he doesn’t have to follow the judge’s orders, doesn’t have to follow rules.”

“He’s the reason that politicians and elected officials get the bad rap,” he added.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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