UFC: Jon Jones arrested for driving while intoxicated & negligent use of firearm

UFC star Jon Jones was arrested in Albuquerque on Thursday for allegedly driving while intoxicated (DWI) and negligent use of a firearm.

The light-heavyweight champion is considered one of the greatest fighters in UFC history, but has a chequered personal history which includes a hit-and-run incident in 2015.

Jones has served three suspensions in the UFC and Albuquerque Police confirmed to MMA Fighting that the fighter had been arrested in the early hours of Thursday after officers responded to sounds of gun shots.

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‘As part of the investigation into this incident, our Gun Violence Reduction Unit will test the firearm and bullet casing to determine whether the gun has been used in any crimes,’ Gilbert Gallegos, communications director for the Albuquerque Police said in a statement.

‘Reducing gun violence in Albuquerque is our top priority.’

Officers allegedly breathalysed Jones after he appeared to be intoxicated and he told police he did not know anything about any shots being fired.

Jones was allegedly in the driving seat of a car and a handgun was reportedly found in the vehicle.

The 32-year-old was reportedly arrested for aggravated DWI, negligent use of a firearm, possession of an open container and driving with no proof of insurance.

The New York native has spoken at length in his career about a personal battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

Jones has not made any public comment about the alleged arrest, but has been regularly updating his followers during the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to stay home and practise social distancing during the health crisis.

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