UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning by Albuquerque police for an aggravated DWI charge (drinking while intoxicated) and for negligent use of a firearm.
Arrest records obtained by MMA Fighting show officers picked Jones up at around 1am, although he has since been released.
As well as the charges for aggravated DWI and the negligent use of a firearm, Jones was also in hot water for possessing an open container in his vehicle and for driving without proof of insurance.
According to New Mexico-based station KOAT, the police responded to complaints of gunshots being fired in Albuquerque and found Jones in the driver’s seat of his 2019 Jeep. Reports claim he was bleary-eyed and smelt of alcohol.
The 32-year-old claimed to not know anything about the gun shots being fired, although he conceded to officers he had been driving that night and intended to drive again.
After agreeing to take several sobriety tests, he failed all of them and then proceeded to score twice over the legal limit in a breathalyser test.
Open closer inspection, a black handgun was found in the vehicle as well as a bottle of tequila behind the passenger seat.
“As part of the investigation into this incident, our Gun Violence Reduction Unit will test the firearm and bullet casing to determine whether the gun has been used in any crimes,” Gilbert Gallegos, communications director for the Albuquerque Police said in a statement sent to MMA Fighting. “Reducing gun violence in Albuquerque is our top priority.”
This is the latest in a long line of incidents involving the two-time light-heavyweight champion, with Jones first getting arrested in 2012 after driving under the influence and subsequently crashing his Bentley GT.
He lost his license for six months after pleading guilty to DUI charges and was forced to pay a fine.
After beating nemesis Daniel Cormier in their title fight at UFC 182 in 2015, Jones was stripped of his belt after being involved in a hit-and-run incident where he broke a pregnant woman’s arm. ‘Bones’ eventually turned himself into the police after a warrant was issued for his arrest.