A Democratic gun-control candidate hailed as the future of the party has found himself in hot water over the last few months as he battles multiple felony charges related to drunk driving, guns, and most recently, trying to smuggle a handcuff key into jail.
Michigan State Rep. Jewell Jones was arrested back in April after crashing his SUV on Interstate 96. Police officers found him drunk, half-naked with a female passenger, and carrying a handgun in the cupholder of his car. A judge released him on bond, but Jones was sent to jail this month after he violated his bond provisions three times.
As he was being booked, officers found a universal handcuff key taped to his foot, according to Fox 2 Detroit.
“This guy is a real piece of work, and an embarrassment to all elected officials, and I believe he thinks somehow the laws do not apply to him,” said Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy. “More than that, I am mad. Had the handcuff key ended in an injury to my staff or another inmate I am not sure what I would have done; as my primary responsibility is the safety and security of my staff and inmates.”
Jones is listed on Everytown’s “Gun Sense Voter” website as being “committed to governing with gun sense as a priority.” Jones has campaigned hard against Michigan’s constitutional carry bills, using his experience as a “young black man” to justify his position.
“These bills have absolutely no reason for being in our society,” he said in 2017. “What about the young black and brown men like me who are killed every day? As a young black man who has to read articles in the newspaper and have to see clips on social media and hear interviews on the radio about senseless gun deaths that happen in neighborhoods like mine and yours, near and far across our state, my question is: Why does one right take priority over another?”
Jones had been cited in 2018 for driving with open intoxicants, but his troubles really began on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Witnessed reported to police that an SUV with the license plate “ELECTED” was driving erratically down I-96 at a high rate of speed, WDIV reported at the time.
When police arrived, they found Jones with his pants partially down with a woman whose pants were totally down. Jones’ blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit, and officers were forced to wrestle him to the ground after he refused to identify himself. He reportedly told officers that he controls their department’s budget and threatened to call Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Officers also found a loaded gun in his cupholder.
He’s facing four charges from that incident alone, including resisting and obstructing a police officer, operating a vehicle with a high blood alcohol content and operating while intoxicated, reckless driving, and possession of a weapon while under the influence of alcohol.
A judge released him on bond but sent him to jail five months later after he violated his bond by drinking alcohol, failing to pay for his tether, and trying to put a sock under his ankle monitor in an attempt to tamper with it.
Jones has served in the Army National Guard and is a former member of the Inkster Auxiliary Police Department. He was ordered to surrender any items used in the course of duty by a law enforcement officer, and this week was stripped of all committee assignments in the Michigan legislature.
Back in October of 2020, he posted on Twitter that “WHITE MEN ARE THE SINGLE MOST DANGEROUS THREAT to the safety and security of this country.”
After his latest stunt, Jones is facing additional felony charges, including bringing a weapon into a jail. It is illegal under U.S. law for a convicted felon to possess a firearm.