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Rep. Jewell Jones released on bond on charges stemming from alleged drunk driving incident

Courtesy of Jewell Jones

State Representative Jewell Jones has been released on a personal bond and ordered to submit to random drug and alcohol testing.

That’s after a probable cause hearing on Friday.

A magistrate determined there’s enough evidence for a case to proceed against the lawmaker – who is charged with drunk driving and resisting a police officer stemming from an April 6 crash along Interstate 96 in Livingston County.The 26-year-old Democrat from Inkster faces a charge of what’s sometimes called “super-drunk” driving. His blood alcohol content was measured at twice the legal limit.

Jones is also charged with having an open container of alcohol, possessing a weapon while intoxicated, and reckless driving.

The most serious charges are felony counts of resisting and obstructing police officers. That offense carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

Jones was arrested following a crash on I-96 near Fowlerville. 

Jones is in his third term and cannot seek reelection. He’s the top Democrat on the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee.

A message seeking comment was left with Jones' office.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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