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Police: Arrested Michigan lawmaker warned he'd call governor


In this photo released by the Michigan State Police, Rep. Jewell Jones, D-Inkster, is shown. Jones, a state lawmaker was charged with drunken driving, resisting police officers and other crimes stemming from an April 6, 2021 crash along Interstate 96 in Livingston County, prosecutors said Friday, April 16. (Michigan State Police via AP)



DAVID EGGERT

Thu, April 22, 2021, 11:51 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was arrested for drunken driving and resisting police threatened to call Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and told state troopers it would not be good for them because he oversees their budget, according to an incident report.

Rep. Jewell Jones, an Inkster Democrat, was charged in Livingston County last week after driving his Chevy Tahoe into a ditch along Interstate 96 near Fowlerville around 6 p.m. on April 6, following reports of erratic driving. Police said he became so combative that they had to use a Taser and pepper spray.

During a struggle to handcuff Jones — who allegedly ignored verbal commands — he warned officers not to hit him while he was pinned on the ground, saying something like it would be “very bad for you. I'll call Gov. Whitmer right now," trooper Kenneth Harden wrote in the report. Jones said he would need their badge numbers when calling the governor, according to the report released late Wednesday through a public records request.

Dashboard videos and body camera footage have not been released, pending public records requests.

Jones, who refused a blood test, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19% after a warrant was obtained — more than twice the legal limit — police said.

Jones, 26, faces charges including resisting and obstructing officers — a felony — driving with a high blood-alcohol content, reckless driving and possessing a weapon while under the influence. Police said they found a loaded handgun in the cup holder of his vehicle, which had a personalized “ELECTED” license plate.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday for Jones' attorney, Ali Hammoud, who has said he is presumed innocent.

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