On Sunday, Michigan State Police released the bodycam footage of a dramatic arrest that took place earlier in the month, which showcased State Representative Jewell Jones (D-Mich.) being arrested for a DUI and threatening his arresting officers, according to Fox News.
Jones, who was arrested after crashing his car on a highway, was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance, while also possessing weapons, and resisted when the officers tried to arrest him. The police eventually tackled the 26-year-old lawmaker, who began threatening them as they took him into custody.
“When I call [Governor] Gretchen [Whitmer], I’ll need y’all ID’s, badge numbers, everything,” Jones can be heard saying in the bodycam footage. “It’s not going to be good for you, I’m telling you. I run y’all’s budget, bro.” When an officer asked to see some form of ID to confirm who he was, Jones defiantly responded “I can’t do that.”
Jones’ blood-alcohol level upon his arrest was twice the legal limit. A Glock was found in the glove compartment of his black Chevy Tahoe, which had rolled into a ditch off the side of the road after Jones was seen swerving between multiple lanes. He currently faces charges that could lead to a minimum sentence of two years in prison.
Although the office of Governor Whitmer (D-Mich.) did not respond to press inquiries for comment, Jones’ threats to call the governor could be seen as a reference to Whitmer’s past tendencies to bend the rules of her own state for her own personal gain. Last summer, as Whitmer had implemented some of the strictest lockdown measures in the nation on her state, her husband attempted to take their family boat out onto a lake; when the proprietor reminded him of the restrictions that included prohibiting any vessels from being on the water, he openly said that he was the governor’s husband, in an attempt to convince the business owner to let them violate the lockdown restrictions.