State Rep. Jewell Jones to be arraigned on open intox charge

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

State Rep. Jewell Jones, a first-term Democratic lawmaker from Inkster, will be arraigned next month on misdemeanor charges of driving with open intoxicants and on violations related to his windshield, court records show.

Jewell Jones

Jones, who is running for re-election, said Thursday that "I'd rather not comment; that's all in the public record."

In a statement, Shanon Banner, a spokeswoman for Michigan State Police, said Jones was pulled over on May 26 on eastbound Interstate 94 for speeding, window tint and having an obstructed license plate. 

"Jones and the passengers were all sober and showed no signs of drinking, but there were open intoxicants in the vehicle," Banner wrote, and was cited.   

The arraignment will take place on Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. at 19th District Court in Dearborn, before Judge Eugene Hunt. The open intoxicant charge carries a penalty of up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Jones, 23, is Michigan's youngest state representative, is a former Inkster councilman, and now serves on the communications and technology, regulatory reform, and military and veterans affairs committees in the state House.

Court officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why the almost three-month gap between the citation and arraignment.