ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police say UFC champion Jon “Bones” Jones has turned himself in for a hit and run crash that happened Sunday.
Police say after continuously trying to contact Jones for more than a day, he has turned himself in and was booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center. Jail records show he was arrested at 5:30 PM at Winrock Mall. He was released from jail Sunday evening.
The incident happened at the intersection of Juan Tabo and Southern Sunday morning. Witnesses say Jones ran the red light, slammed one car into another and then took off running after grabbing a wad of cash from his SUV.
An off-duty officer who happened upon the crash recognized Jones as he ran off, telling an investigator, “I watch UFC all the time, I know what Jon Jones looks like.” He left his rented SUV at the crash site. Inside police found insurance information with Jones’ name and Jones’ sports memorabilia. They also found a pipe with marijuana in it.
A pregnant woman ended up with a broken arm as a result of the crash, upgrading Jones’ hit and run-related charge from a misdemeanor to a third degree felony. Under New Mexico law, Jones could face up to three years in prison if convicted.
He’s expected to face a judge Tuesday. If he is convicted Jones could face up to three years in prison.
Jones briefly checked into rehab earlier this year after he tested positive for cocaine before a January fight. He was also convicted of a DWI in New York in 2012 after he ran his car into a pole.
He’s scheduled to fight in UFC 187 next month. It’s unclear if Monday’s arrest will affect his place on the card.