According to a report from The Detroit News, Democratic Michigan State Representative Jewell Jones, who is the vice-chairman of the Military, Veterans and Homeland Security committee in the state, was arrested for drunk driving by Michigan State Troopers on April 6.
To try and keep the officers from arresting him, Jones tried threatening them by telling them who he was and pointing out that he was in charge of running the state’s police budget. He also threatened to alert Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to what they were doing.
The offers ended up arresting Jones for both drunk driving and resisting police officers.
Drunk on Power
According to The Detroit News, Michigan State Troopers had noticed a Chevy Tahoe driving erratically and repeatedly weaving in and out of lanes. Witnesses who saw the car indicate that this reckless driving may have gone on for a distance of about 50 miles. In the end, the car crashed into a ditch.
When officers finally responded to the scene, they found that Jones was the driver. Jones is 26 years old, making him the youngest member of the Michigan State House in the body’s entire history.
Officers described Jones as “combative” when they attempted to arrest him and said that he “attempted to flash a badge at police instead of his identification.” When asked to submit to a breathalyzer test, Jones refused.
After Jones stepped out of his car, the police report says that officers asked Jones for his ID. He then shook his arms “as if he were about to do something,” at which point officers tackled him to the ground and used a stun gun on him in order to subdue him. Police also used pepper spray to get him to stop resisting before finally putting him into handcuffs.
Inspecting Jones’ Tahoe, police found a loaded Glock handgun sitting in a cup holder in the car.
In the midst of his scuffle with police, Jones threatened officers, saying to them that, “It’s not going to be good for you. I run y’all budget, bro.”
Since Jones refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, police got a warrant to draw his blood the following day and test it for alcohol. It was determined that his blood-alcohol level was 0.19 percent, nearly two-and-a-half times Michigan’s legal limit.
Jones was ultimately charged with four counts: resisting police, driving with high blood-alcohol content, driving while drunk, reckless driving and possessing a weapon while under the influence.