Video: Jon Jones Released from Custody, Runs from Reporters at Detention Facility

By Mike Fridley Apr 28, 2015

Not long after he booked following an alleged hit-and-run incident Sunday morning in Albuquerque, N.M., Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been released after he posted $2,500 bond.

Jones, 27, was briefly held at the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center in Albuquerque after turning himself in.

As of time of publication, Jones is still slated to defend his 205-pound title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23.

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According to the APD arrest warrant, Jones allegedly 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.


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