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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.