"I run you all's budget, bro": Body-cam footage of Michigan lawmaker as amusing as expected

Meet Jewell Jones, one of the youngest and newest members of the Michigan legislature. The Democrat is also the latest public figure to find out how well the “do you know who I am” strategy plays with police, especially when at twice the legal limit for a DUI. Jewell got arrested and charged with several felonies after a a few fellow motorists called 911, warning Jones would likely kill someone, before he drove his car into a ditch.


All of that came out well over a week ago, but the body-cam and dashboard footage emerged only yesterday. No word yet, however, on how Jones’ call to Gretchen Whitmer might have gone:

The video shows police tackle a combative Jones to the ground after he physically resisted arrest and threatened to call Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Jones can be heard reminding the officers that he had oversight of their budget as they attempt to put handcuffs on him.

“I don’t give a f— bro, when I call Gretchen [Whitemer] I’ll (sic) need y’all (sic) ID’s badge numbers everything,” Jones says in the footage.

“It’s not going to be good for you, I’m telling you. I run y’alls budget, bro,” he told a trooper.

When an officer asked Jones to present his driver’s license, the 26-year-old responded, “I can’t do that.”

Police initially arrested Jones, 26, on April 6, after his black Chevy Tahoe, bearing an “ELECTED” vanity plate, drifted erratically across multiple lanes before he pulled off onto the shoulder and rolled into a ditch, according to reports.


Classy. Ten days ago, the Detroit Free Press painted what now looks like a pretty accurate picture of Jones and his arrest, which includes the fact that he had a loaded and unsecured pistol in the car:

State Rep. Jewell Jones was so confrontational after driving his vehicle into a ditch on I-96 while allegedly drunk that state troopers used a Taser and pepper spray on him, a prosecutor said Friday.

Livingston County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carolyn Henry said Jones, D-Inkster, drove so recklessly between Southfield and Fowlerville on April 6 that numerous other motorists called 911 to report his driving.

After Jones drove the vehicle into a ditch, his unidentified passenger required medical attention and Jones became confrontational with emergency medical technicians and police, producing badges instead of the photo identification police requested and attempting to show “his status of importance, as he put it,” said Henry, who did not specify what types of badges Jones allegedly displayed.

Jones had a semi-automatic .40-caliber Glock handgun in the cup holder of the vehicle, she said.

Jones had a blood alcohol content of at least 0.17%, according to the complaint. That is more than twice the 0.08% limit at which a person can be convicted of drunken driving.

That’s not Jones’ biggest legal problem, however. He faces four counts of felony resisting, charges that could put him in prison for two years. The body-cam and dashboard footage shows pretty clearly that the police officers gave Jones opportunities to cooperate, but he refused. Instead, he tried bluffing his way out by showing the officers his legislative ID and threatening them with retaliation if they arrested him — even though his accident had injured his passenger.


Jones has been pretty quiet about this since his arrest, releasing a statement that he is relying on his faith to recover from a crazy week. From the way this footage looks, Jones might want to spend some of his time rethinking his custom license plates, as he’s likely to see his career come to an end one way or another in the near future. Perhaps Gretchen can fill him in on that when he gives her a call.

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David Strom 8:00 AM | July 25, 2024