Inkster, MI – Police have released dashcam video of the drunk Michigan state representative who threatened troopers resisting arrest after he was found with his pants down with a woman in his wrecked SUV (video below).
The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. on April 6 when Michigan State Police and EMS responded to a single-vehicle crash that involved Democratic Michigan State Representative Jewell Jones, The Washington Post reported.
Witnesses told police that Jones’ black Chevy Tahoe with the license plate “ELECTED” had been drifting erratically all over Interstate 96 before it ran off the road and overturned into a ditch.
Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers responded to the scene en masse after it was reported that Jones had physically attacked the EMS personnel and troopers who were trying to treat his injured female passenger, WJBK 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.
Jones tried to show EMS workers a badge and interfered in their treatment of his passenger, including giving a push to one of the medics, The Detroit News 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.
Troopers found a loaded Glock handgun in the cup holder in the front seat of Jones’ SUV, The Detroit News reported.
The elected official refused a breath test but state police got a warrant for his blood.
Toxicology results showed that Jones had a blood alcohol level of 0.19%, more than twice the legal limit, The Detroit News reported.
When the lab results came back, 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.
Jones posted a video of himself to social media when he was first released that showed he had two black eyes and implied that he had been the victim of police brutality.
His attorney denied that the state representative had resisted arrest, NBC News reported.
“He was fully cooperative,” attorney Ali Hammoud said. “The officers decided to throw Representative Jones to the ground and three of them held him down, crushing him under their weight. The officers also tased Representative Jones in his head, causing memory loss and leaving scars that are visible to this day. They used so much pepper spray on his face that his eyes still appear profoundly red and swollen.”
But dashcam video released on Friday told a different story and showed the state representative refusing to show ID, trying to use his elected official status to bully the officers, and then violently resisting arrest when troopers tried to take him into custody.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:
Michigan Rep. Jewell Jones crashes car drunk with handgun in cupholder, resists arrest, then tells officers he'll call Gov. Whitmer if they don't let him go! https://t.co/lJgMxnDUzg pic.twitter.com/uKyjZKRIT8
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