Jon Jones Identified as Fleeing Accident, Marijuana in Vehicle
The Albuquerque Police Department on Sunday publicly called for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to break his silence and come in for questioning in relation to his possible involvement in a hit-and-run accident that occurred on Sunday in Albuquerque, N.M.
Although there were few initial details, MMAWeekly.com on Monday secured a copy of the accident report from Albuquerque police. The report reveals some rather damning evidence.
A witness identified Jones as the driver of the vehicle believed to have caused the accident. But more than just being involved in the accident, Jones was said to have fled the scene with a “large handful of cash,” leaving behind marijuana paraphernalia with marijuana in it.
The accident took place on Sunday at 11:22 a.m. in Albuquerque, involving three cars. Jones allegedly ran a red light hitting a car with a pregnant woman driving it. He reportedly hit the car on the driver’s side, forcing it into the front end of another car that was stopped at a red light on the street Jones was initially travelling.
The drivers of both vehicles told police that the driver of vehicle causing the accident – later identified as Jones – fled the scene of the accident.
“Witnesses and drivers from both (of the other vehicles involved in the accident: vehicles 1 and 2) stated driver of vehicle 3 (Jones’ alleged vehicle) got out and left running,” the accident report stated.
“Witnesses stated the driver of vehicle 3 exited after hitting the Honda and was identified as a black male wearing a white button up shirt with dark pants on and ran onto a hill just East of the accident. Witnesses stated he slouched over and ran back to the vehicle grabbing a large handful of cash. Witnesses stated he shoved the cash into his pants and ran north jumping the fence onto Terracita.”
The drivers of vehicles 1 and 2 apparently did not identify the fleeing driver as Jones, but a witness that was not involved in the accident did. Police also found paperwork in vehicle 3, which was a rental car, linking the vehicle to Jones.
The officers on the scene also found marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia in the vehicle.
“Officer Brionez found a marijuana pipe with marijuana inside of it and tagged it into evidence. (Officer Benavidez, who submitted the accident report) located paperwork belonging to a Jonathan Jones, which had MMA information on it from the State of Nevada. I was able to locate a phone number for Jon Jones and placed several phone calls with no success. I left a message for Jon Jones to call dispatch, but never received one,” the report continued.
Reporting officer Benavidez went on to say that he was later contacted by Officer J. Sullivan, an off-duty officer that was a witness to the accident.
“Officer Sullivan stated he witnessed Jonathan Jones, the MMA fighter, exit the silver Buick (vehicle 3) and run up a dirt hill just East. Officer Sullivan stated Jones was wearing a white nice polo-style shirt, with dark slacks or jeans. Officer Sullivan stated he watch Jon Jones run back to the Buick and lost sight of him at this point.”
Not only did Sullivan lose sight of Jones, so did the Albuquerque Police Department. The police department made several attempts to contact Jones personally and via his lawyer, and also issued a public statement on the City of Albuquerque’s website on Sunday requesting that Jones contact the department.
Albuquerque police officer Tanner Tixier told MMAWeekly.com that, as of Monday mid-morning, neither Jones nor his representatives had been in contact with the police department.
Jones is currently scheduled to face Anthony Johnson in the UFC 187 main event on May 23 in Las Vegas. UFC officials have yet to indicate whether or not they are considering pulling him from the fight.
“We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident,” UFC officials said late Sunday. “We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available.”
(Jeff Cain and Erik Fontanez contributed to this report.)