Livingston Co. prosecutor continues probe into Inkster lawmaker; no arraignment planned

Beth LeBlanc
The Detroit News

The Livingston County Prosecutor's Office will continue to investigate "allegations" against Michigan State Rep. Jewell Jones, negating the prospect of a Wednesday arraignment in Livingston County District Court, the office said in a Wednesday press release.

Livingston County District Court said earlier Wednesday the Inkster Democrat would be arraigned Wednesday afternoon, but the prosecutor's office said the matter is still under investigation. 

A search of Michigan State Police criminal history files shows Brighton Post troopers on Tuesday requested warrants in relation to Jones for obstructing police, a misdemeanor weapons offense and a misdemeanor traffic offense.

Michigan State Police have so far declined comment on Jones' case, but Michigan State Police Metro Detroit posted on Twitter shortly before 1 p.m. that Brighton Post troopers responded to a crash in Livingston County on Tuesday along Interstate 96 and arrested a 25-year-old Inkster man. 

MSP Metro Detroit later said the suspect had been released.

Jewell Jones

"Troopers have submitted a packet to the Livingston County Prosecutors office for review," state police said on Twitter. "The male suspect has been released. Currently, the investigation is continuing and awaiting lab results."

Jones is serving his third term in the Michigan House. A member of the National Guard and Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Jones is Democratic vice chairman of the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee.

Jones faced a misdemeanor charge of driving with open intoxicants and traffic violations related to speeding and window tint connected to a May 2018 traffic stop along Interstate 94. 

Michigan State Police said at the time that Jones and his passengers were all sober at the time. 

The open intoxicant charge was dismissed later that year, but Jones paid about $400 in fines for speeding and his windshield.