Jon Jones in Custody After Police Issue Warrant for UFC Champion’s Arrest

By Staff Apr 27, 2015
UFC champ Jon Jones is in a New Mexico county jail tonight. | Photo: Dave Mandel/

Jon Jones was taken into police custody in New Mexico on Monday, hours after the Albuquerque Police Department issued a warrant for the UFC light heavyweight champion’s arrest.

“UFC fighter Jon Jones has been booked into Bernalillo County MDC without incident,” APD tweeted Monday evening.

Jones, 27, is charged with leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident which occurred in Albuquerque early Sunday morning. According to the APD arrest warrant, Jones ran a red light and drove a rented Buick SUV into another car, which then collided with a third vehicle. Jones allegedly left his car, ran a short distance away and returned to grab cash from the vehicle before fleeing again.

Upon searching Jones’ car, officers found a pipe containing marijuana, according to the police report. An off-duty police officer was present at the scene of the accident and identified Jones.

On Monday, it was revealed that the driver of the car with which Jones collided, a woman named Vanessa Sonnenberg, suffered a broken arm in the accident. Under New Mexico state law, this elevates the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony -- “leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries” -- which carries a maximum penalty of three years in jail, as well as fines.

Ultimate Fighting Championship has yet to issue a statement regarding Jones’ arrest or the status of his headlining title bout against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.


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