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State lawmaker faces drunk driving, felony resisting police charges

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State Representative Jewell Jones faces a probable cause hearing this afternoon in Livingston County. A judge will decide whether there’s enough evidence for a case to proceed on charges of drunk driving and resisting a police officer.

The 26-year-old Democrat from Inkster faces a charge of what’s sometimes called “super-drunk” driving. His blood alcohol content was measured at twice the legal limit.

Jones is also charged with having an open container of alcohol, possessing a weapon while intoxicated, and reckless driving.

The most serious charges are felony counts of resisting and obstructing police officers. That offense carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail. Jones was arrested following a crash on I-96 near Fowlerville.  

Jones is in his third term and cannot seek reelection. He’s the top Democrat on the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.