06/30/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)
New Mexico – The hit-and-run crash case involving UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones has stalled reports say. Police sought an arrest warrant for the professional fighter in connection with the accident in April. The Associated Press (AP) reports that witnesses say the driver of a rented SUV ran a red light causing the crash, then ran away from the scene after.
Police identified the driver as Jones, who witnesses also say returned to the scene, stuffed a handful of money into his pants, and fled again. According to a police report, a pipe with marijuana and rental documents with Jones’ name were found in the vehicle.
The accident injured a pregnant woman, who was hospitalized with a broken arm. Prosecutors are attributing the case delay to the slowed process of obtaining records.
According to the report, Jones was also arrested in 2012 after he crashed into a telephone pole. His driver’s license was suspended and he was charged with DWI, but was not required to serve jail time in the case.
The UFC issued a statement following Jones' arrest saying, “We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available.”
Jones was subsequently suspended from the UFC indefinately and stripped of his title. The 27-year-old is facing a felony charge.