UFC superstar Jon “Bones” Jones (26-1, 1 NC) has found himself in a world of trouble yet again. The reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is facing some serious charges stemming from what appears to be a drunk-driving incident.
According to the Albuquerque Police Department, the UFC champion was arrested in New Mexico early Thursday morning. The charges include alleged aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm.
Per the report, the criminal complaint alleges that a gunshot in Albuquerque could be heard at around 1 o’clock in the morning. Jones and another person were reportedly found in a Jeep, with Jones in the driver’s seat. The officer at the scene allegedly saw an open bottle of alcohol behind the passenger seat, but Jones denied knowing about the gunshot sound.
Jones is alleged to have failed the sobriety tests and had his vehicle towed. An investigation of the vehicle reports that a handgun was found under the driver’s seat.
On top of the with aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm, Jones is being charged with possession of an open container, and driving with no proof of insurance.
According to the criminal complaint, an Albuquerque PD officer responded to the sound of a single gunshot at about 12:58 a.m. Thursday morning. The complaint stated the officer saw a black Jeep with a man inside the vehicle in the driver’s seat — identified as Jones — and another person outside the vehicle by the passenger side door.
The officer wrote he saw an opened bottle of alcohol behind the passenger seat and said Jones said he did not know where the gunshot sound came from. Another officer was called and, after completion of a DWI investigation, Jones was placed under arrest, per the complaint.
This is far from Jones’ first run-in with the law, unfortunately.
He was arrested in May 2012 for a DUI and had an infamous hit-and-run incident in April 2015.
Jones is just over one month removed from a win over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. He won that match by unanimous decision to pick up his 14th UFC title fight win.
But this latest incident could potentially put his career with the organization in jeopardy.