Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones is finally in custody of authorities in Albuquerque, N.M., according to Ariel Helwani, who also confirmed the news with company officials.
It's appears that "Bones" -- who was accepted into Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) "without incident" -- accepted the offer for voluntary surrender. Bond has been set at $2,500.
Helwani adds more:
ABQ PD has confirmed to me that Jon Jones is now in police custody.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 28, 2015
UFC has acknowledged that Jones is in custody & they tell me, as of right now, they don't expect to provide any further statements tonight.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 28, 2015
"Bones" was named as a suspect in a hit-and-run accident on Sunday (April 26, 2015), one that sent a pregnant woman to the hospital with minor injuries (read the police report here). Police were unable to locate the embattled mixed martial arts (MMA) star, or his attorney, immediately following the incident.
Thanks to eyewitness testimony, Jones was positively identified fleeing the scene of the crash, with a stash of cash, which sent a pregnant woman to the hospital with a broken arm. And while "Bones" didn't leave his money unattended in his rented SUV, he did allegedly leave behind a marijuana-filled pipe.
The injuries, as well as the illegal nature of his post-crash behavior, compelled Albuquerque police to issue a felony arrest warrant earlier this afternoon.
Now we to determine if and what Jones is ultimately charged with after being questioned and processed.
It's important to note that Jones, who ran afoul of the law in 2012 for crashing his car and subsequent DUI, remains innocent until proven guilty. That said, allegations of fleeing the scene and possession of marijuana will not help his public image.
The UFC's official statement on Jones' involvement can be read here.
At this time, the promotion's longest-running 205-pound titleholder is still expected to defend his strap against division No. 1 contender, Anthony Johnson (read his reaction here), in the UFC 187 pay-per-view (PPV) headliner over Memorial Day Weekend (more on that here).
That might not be the best idea, all things considered, just ask Kenny Florian.
Even with a successful title defense -- and a landmark sponsorship with Reebok -- Jones just can't seem to keep himself out of the hot seat.
Stay tuned ... this drama ain't over by a long shot.
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