By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-11th District) has been released from custody following a crash April 6.
Michigan State Police Metro Detroit Twitter posted that they had received a lot of inquires about the crash that occurred on I-96 in Livingston County, but did not confirm it was Jones.
According to published reports, witnesses saw and recorded Jones driving his Chevrolet Tahoe erratically on I-96 and almost hitting an overpass support near the Latson Road exit.
Troopers assigned to the MSP Brighton Post responded to the scene and which led to the arrest of a 25-year-old man from Inkster resulting from an investigation.
MSP troopers submitted a packet to the Livingston County Prosecutors office for review. Jones was expected in court for an arraignment on the afternoon of April 7 but that was delayed while the county prosecuting attorney awaits lab test results, according to published reports.
“In today’s age we all know once it hits the media/social media you can never get it back,” the MSP Twitter post said. “So, it is also important to note that it is a long standing policy of MSP to not identify individuals arrested unless they are actually charged with a crime.”
Jones, an Inkster Police Department auxiliary officer, was suspended pending Inkster and State Police investigations, according to published reports.
In 2018, Jones was pulled over in Dearborn for speeding, obstructed license plate, excessive window tinting and open intoxicants. He was charged with open intoxicants which was later dismissed, and Jones paid the fines for the violations.
Jones is serving his third term in the 11th District representing Garden City and Inkster along with parts of Dearborn Heights, Livonia, and Westland.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])