UFC Champion Jon Jones arrested and charged with DWI, negligent use of a firearm, and more

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Albuquerque, New Mexico — UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, was arrested early Thursday morning, at around 1 a.m., after police received a call regarding the sound of gunshots being fired.

According to an article from KOAT Action News, a local Albuquerque news outlet, “when (police) arrived, they found Jones inside his vehicle with the engine on. Jones told police he did not know anything about the shots fired.”

After speaking with Jones, it was apparent to the responding officers that Jones was showing signs of intoxication.

Police stated that Jones consented to a sobriety test, to which he performed poorly on. According to police, when Jones was given a breathalyzer test, he tested at least twice above the legal limit. Which ultimately led to his arrest.

Upon further investigation of the UFC champion’s car, a half-empty bottle of Recuerdo 750ml was found behind the passenger seat, and police also recovered a black handgun, which was located underneath the driver’s seat.


Jones was later charged with aggravated DWI, negligent use of a firearm, and possession of an open container.

This is not Jones first run-in with police regarding a his poor judgement behind the wheel. He’s shown a history of having poor judgement for almost a decade now.

In 2012, Jones was charged with a DWI in New York. In 2015, he was involved in a hit-and-run involving a pregnant woman in which he fled the scene. In 2016, he was pulled over and received five citations, one of those being for drag racing.

As recent as last year, Jones pled to a no contest when he was charged with slapping a cocktail waitress in a strip club. According to the woman, Jones placed her in a “rear naked choke hold,” before spinning her around in the air, and slapping her genitals.

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