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Rep. Jones reportedly facing one felony, two misdemeanor charges after I-96 crash 

By: - April 15, 2021 12:25 pm

State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) talks with state Rep. Cynthia Johnson (D-Detroit) on April 13, alongside state Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) and House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.). | Ken Coleman photo

State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) was found at the scene of a car crash on I-96 last week and spent the night in jail. Multiple news outlets are reporting the 26-year-old will face one felony and two misdemeanor charges in Livingston County.

According to FOX-2 Detroit, the initial charges include a felony charge of obstructing police, a misdemeanor weapons charge and a misdemeanor traffic offense. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, which was reportedly called for backup at the scene, did not respond to a request for comment.

Jewell Jones

Jones was reportedly driving erratically along I-96 in Livingston County on April 6. After a subsequent crash, he was then arrested by Michigan State Police troopers, housed at the Livingston County Jail overnight and released the next day.

An eyewitness video shows Jones’ black Chevrolet Tahoe driving along the highway shoulder leading up to the crash.

A spokesperson for the Michigan State Police (MSP) confirmed several details but did not comment on the charges.

“I can confirm troopers from the Michigan State Police Brighton Post were dispatched to a crash in Livingston County along I-96 on Tuesday, April 6,” said Lori Dougovito. “The resulting investigation led to the arrest of a 25-year-old male from Inkster. The report has been submitted to the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office for review. 

 “We have a longstanding policy prohibiting sharing information on an arrest prior to an individual being arraigned,” Dougovito added.

The Advance approached Jones at a protest by the state Capitol Tuesday and asked for a comment. Jones, who was not wearing a face mask, declined.

Over the weekend, Jones posted pictures to his Instagram story that showed him with two black eyes.

Authorities are reportedly waiting on test results, which could take several weeks, although it is unclear what the nature of the tests are.

Jones was previously charged in 2018 for possession of open intoxicants in his car, and was involved in a crash on I-96 the year before.

Jones also reportedly has been suspended as a volunteer auxiliary officer at the Inkster Police Department following his arrest. The Inkster PD did not respond to a request for comment.

“What I’ve heard so far is incredibly disappointing,” House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare)said. “Elected officials and community leaders have the people’s trust and must be held to a higher standard. We will continue to assess the situation as the legal process plays out and more facts come to light.”

House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) said that “we are currently gathering information and details regarding this incident. Given this is an active investigation, we will not be offering further comment until we get additional facts.”

Advance reporter Ken Coleman contributed to this story.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).