UFC star Jon Jones agrees to plead guilty to latest DWI charge
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on Tuesday agreed to plead guilty to driving while intoxicated in a deal with prosecutors, following his March 26 arrest in Albuquerque, NM.
If Jones follows the terms of the plead deal, he won’t serve any jail time, a spokesperson for the Bernalillo County, New Mexico, district attorney’s office told ESPN.com. But he will be placed on a one-year supervised probation and must serve 96 hours in a community custody program, which is similar to house arrest.
He is also ordered to perform 48 hours of community service, pay a $500 fine and complete a 90-day outpatient treatment program.
“I just got stir-crazy and I wanted to have a drive,” the UFC star told a police officer during the arrest, according to body cam footage obtained by TMZ. “This is my first drive in two weeks.”
Jones later expressed disappointment about his latest incident in a statement.
“While we all work to understand and cope with stress and uncertainties surrounding the current state of our world, I want to express how truly disappointed I am that I have become the source of a negative headline again, especially during these trying times,” Jones said. “I am disappointed for letting down the people I care about the most, my family, friends and my fans. … I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I know that I have some personal work to do to which involves the unhealthy relationship I have with alcohol.”
The 32-year-old Jones was initially arrested on four charges, which included the DWI along with negligent use of a firearm, driving without proof of insurance and possession of an open container. Those charges were dropped by prosecutors in the plea deal.
A judge has not yet officially approved of the plea deal. Jones will wear an ankle bracelet and do his 90-day treatment program online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jones has faced some legal problems in the past, including a previous DWI arrest in Birmingham in 2012. Last October, he plead guilty to a disorderly conduct charge following an alleged incident taken place a strip club in Albuquerque.
Since Jones was arrested and eventually pleaded to DWI charges stemming from the Binghamton incident, the Bernalillo County prosecutors in Albuquerque consider his most recent arrest to be a second offense. He could serve a mandatory 90-day jail sentence, and it could go up to a year if he does not fulfill all aspects of the deal.
Jones still can drive a car only if he follows the stipulations also noted in the agreement. There must be an ignition interlock device installed in the car, which will only start if he takes a Breathalyzer test.
“His attorney and Mr. Jones have been made aware that if he fails to do this, the State will seek to impose the balance of any jail time without regard for any exceptional circumstances,” Bernalillo County district attorney direct of communications Michael Patrick said.
The reigning light heavyweight champion defeated Dominick Reyes in the UFC 247 main event held February in Houston to improve to 26-1.
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