UFC star Jon Jones was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to ESPN, the MMA fighter was charged with aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm early Thursday morning.
He is also charged with having an open container and no proof of insurance. Read on for more details on the circumstances surrounding Jon’s arrest, as well as what the UFC said about a statement.
Why was UFC fighter Jon Jones arrested?
Police were responding to reports of a shooting around 12:58 a.m. Thursday morning. The officer apparently saw an open bottle of alcohol behind the passenger seat in Jon’s car.
Jon was reportedly admitted to driving and intent on driving again. He “performed poorly” on three field sobriety tests. He was also given a respirator and tested “over twice the legal limit”.
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Although Jon denied knowing where the shot came from, a search of his Jeep found a pistol under the driver’s seat, and he passed a round outside the driver’s side door, matching the caliber of the pistol. The weapon is reportedly being tested for a crime.
In February, Jon posted a video on his Instagram (above) in which he can be seen looking at weapons at the HTX Tactical Weapons Store. He posted another video about the same time he shot a gun at a shooting range.
What did the UFC have to say about the arrest?
Jon Jones first became the lightweight champion in 2011, when he was 23 years old. It was the youngest belt-holder in UFC history. Now 32, Jon has a history of legal issues.
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This is Jon’s second DWI. His first was in New York in 2012, after driving on a pole. In 2015, he tested positive for cocaine and checked for rehab overnight. Also in 2015, he was convicted of beating a crime that injured a pregnant woman and remained on probation until 2018. Last July, he was charged with battery against a strip club waitress.
The UFC issued a statement on Jon Jones ‘latest arrest, saying they were “aware of the situation” and contacted Jones’ management team. They added that they were “currently gathering additional information.”