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MUST WATCH: Michigan State Rep. Name-Drops Gov. Whitmer During Drunk Driving Arrest


Freshly released police dashboard camera footage shows a Michigan state representative flexing his relationship with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during a drunk driving arrest. 

Democratic state Rep. Jewell Jones can be heard in the video threatening to “call Gov. Whitmer right now.” 

Later on, he says “let me get up. I’m a state rep.” 

So, politicians can drive while drunk with no consequences just because of their title? Fat chance.

Jones, who represents Inkster in Wayne County, was arrested on April 6 for driving while under the influence, resisting arrest, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated, the Daily Caller reports

He repeatedly refused to give his license to Michigan State Police before they tackled him to the ground. The troopers told Jones multiple times to stop resisting, to which he responded “it’s not going to be good for you.” 

“I’ll call Gretchen,” Jones said. “I need your IDs, badge numbers, everything.” 

“I work with the police. You’re not f*cking with me,” he added. 

“I’m gonna tell Gretchen that y’all f*cking up…and I’m gonna get y’all desk duty bro,” he continued. “I run y’all budget bro.” 

According to the arrest report, the lawmaker “appeared to be highly intoxicated. There was a strong odor of intoxicants coming from him and his speech was slurred as he spoke. His eyes were red bloodshot and glassy, and his fine motor skills were poor.” 

What’s more, officers found a loaded handgun “sitting in the cupholder in the center console of the vehicle.” 

A blood test revealed Jones’ blood alcohol level to be 0.19, over twice Michigan’s legal limit.