Just four months after testing positive for cocaine, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is now being summoned by the Albuquerque Police Department for questioning. The UFC fighter was allegedly involved in a hit and run accident which sent a pregnant woman to the hospital for minor injuries.
Since his implication in the incident, the police department had difficulties getting a statement from Jones. The authorities have already attempted to contact Jones at his residence but to no avail. Likewise, they have also contacted the UFC fighter’s lawyer. His attorney has yet to respond.
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Because of this, the City of Albuquerque published a press release calling out to Jones asking him to cooperate with the investigation. The press release also gives substantial information about the hit and run accident and the unidentified victim. In the press release, the authorities wrote, “The Albuquerque Police Department is actively seeking UFC Fighter Jon Jones for questioning in regards to his possible involvement in a hit-and-run accident, near the intersection of Juan Tabo and Southern, in Southeast Albuquerque early this morning, April 26, 2015.”
It continued, “A pregnant female in her 20s, who was the driver of a separate vehicle, was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.”
It is still unknown whether Jones was a passenger or the driver of the vehicle that rammed the pregnant woman’s car. There is also no confirmation if the UFC fighter was under the influence of illegal drugs.
Although no charges have been filed against Jones, he has now been upgraded as a suspect in the case. The court of Albuquerque will be issuing a summons which will give the UFC fighter four weeks to show up in court. If he fails to make an appearance, a warrant will be issued for his arrest.
UFC, aware of the issue involving one of its best fighters, released an official statement yesterday evening.
“We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available.”
This is not the first time that Jon Jones was involved in a car accident. In 2012, the UFC fighter crashed his Bentley into a telephone pole in Binghamton, New York. He was charged with a DWI and his driver’s license was suspended. Luckily, Jones wasn’t penalized with imprisonment.
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