The news of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ arrest for driving while intoxicated after slamming his Bentley into a utility pole in Binghamton, N.Y., has been widely publicized this weekend. However, the incident is not the first time Jones has found himself in trouble after getting behind the wheel, though it is not known whether he was under the influence the previous time.
The MMA Corner has learned that Jones was stopped in Albuquerque, N.M., late last year and cited on multiple charges. The MMA Corner has confirmed the details of the charges via the Bernalillo Metro Court database and is in the process of obtaining the police report for the incident.
Jones, an Ithaca, N.Y., resident who trains in Albuquerque under the tutelage of Greg Jackson, was stopped at 3:05 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2011 in Albuquerque. However, charges were not filed until Dec. 8, 2011. Jones faced two charges in criminal court, the first being “driving on a revoked license” (later amended to “driving on suspended license”) and the second, “sliding or losing traction.” There was a criminal trial held where both counts were dismissed, effectively closing the case on March 8, 2012.
The 24-year-old fighter defended his UFC light heavyweight belt, defeating Lyoto Machida by way of a second-round guillotine choke submission at UFC 140, just 16 days after the incident. Jones has since gone on to successfully defend his title against Rashad Evans.
Jones’ brushes with the law for his actions behind the wheel run contrary to comments the champ made in regards to his UFC sponsorship. Jones, who has also been featured in beer commercials for prominent UFC sponsor Bud Light, spoke about his sponsorship with the UFC prior to his fight with Rashad Evans:
Legal issues aside, Jones is expected to enter the Octagon once again on Sept. 1 at UFC 151 to defend his title against former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson.
Below are links to the information on the Bernalillo Metro Court database:
From the official police report (via Bloody Elbow):
Photo: Jon Jones (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)