MSP: Rep. Jewell Jones threatened to call Gov. Whitmer during arrest

State representative involved in April 6 collision in Fowlerville

MSP: State Rep. Jewell Jones threatened to call Gov. Whitmer during DUI arrest

FOWLERVILLE, Mich. – A new report from the Michigan State Police claims state Representative Jewell Jones threatened to call Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during his April 6 arrest on I-96.

MSP troopers said Jones appeared to be highly intoxicated on the side of I-96 near Fowlerville. They said they found Jones’ SUV with the vanity plate ELECTED in a ditch.

Police said Jones had plenty to say as he reportedly struggled with troopers, resisting arrest and allegedly threatening the police budget.

Troopers said they had no idea who he was and were called after other drivers watched a black Tahoe swerve, sideswipe the wall and roll into the ditch with its driver passed out behind the wheel.

Troopers said Jones allegedly said he was going to call the Governor as he struggled with them.

MSP reported Jones had to be taken to the ground and it took two uses of a taser and pepper spray to get him under control.

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

Police said 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.

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.

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