Michigan Democrat Rep. Jewell Jones can’t seem to stop getting in trouble. He was already facing a felony charge for alleged drunken driving back in April.
At the time, he claimed that Governor Gretchen Whitmer would step in to help him (though that didn’t happen). So he really needed to be on his best behavior after the incident.
Instead, he decided to make the situation even worse.
Rep. Jones has been in hot water for several months now, and it all began with the drunk driving accusation. That news made nationwide headlines, primarily because he’s an elected official.
After being involved in a car wreck back in April, Jewell’s blood-alcohol content turned out to be more than twice the legal limit, so he was quickly arrested for DUI.
He got out on bond and quickly violated that bond — not once, but three times.
The courts ordered him to wear a tether on his ankle, which detected alcohol in his system three times on September 3 (a violation of his bond), and he apparently tampered with the tether a few days later.
So, he wound up in jail again. Except this time, he figured he’d try to escape trial.
From Fox News:
Michigan state Rep. Jewell Jones faced additional felony charges Wednesday after the Democrat allegedly was found in possession of a handcuff key after he was arrested Tuesday due to his bond being revoked from a prior arrest.
He was arraigned Wednesday on charges of attempting to escape custody while awaiting a felony trial and bringing a weapon into jail, according to The Detroit News.
Jones pleaded not guilty this week, and his new bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety.
This all comes after he was elected to the Michigan state legislature in 2016. And unfortunately, he’s hardly the only politician who’s been on the wrong side of the law in 2021.
Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy is clearly disgusted with the whole thing. As he told FOX 2 of Detroit:
This guy is a real piece of work, and an embarrassment to all elected officials, and I believe he thinks somehow the laws do not apply to him.
More than that, I am mad. Had the handcuff key ended in an injury to my staff or another inmate I am not sure what I would have done, as my primary responsibility is the safety and security of my staff and inmates.
It seems officers found the key taped to the bottom of Jones’ foot. He was then asked to surrender any equipment he might use as a reserve police officer in his district.
Murphy said he didn’t really know why Jones had the key.
But he did say that anytime an inmate has a handcuff key, “that’s a bad day for us.” And it’s likely going to be bad news for Jones, who continues to violate the law at most every turn.
Gov. Whitmer probably won’t be sprinting to Jones’ aid any time soon, either.
As a result, this certainly doesn’t paint the Democratic Party in a positive light. It comes at a time when Republicans frequently accuse Democrats of being anti-police and borderline anarchists.
So when another Democrat goes down in handcuffs like this, it feels like proof the GOP has been right all along.
- Michigan Rep. Jewell Jones was caught hiding a handcuff key. Now he’s facing more felony charges.
- Jones was arrested in April for alleged drunken driving, and he apparently violated his bond several times since.
- He also tried to say Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would make officers pay for arresting him.
Source: Fox News