A mixed martial artist is now wanted for questioning after a car accident over the weekend that left an older woman injured.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones is wanted by police in Albuquerque, NM, in an investigation described as “ongoing” on the department’s Twitter account. Despite initial reports stating that “Bones” was already in custody, the department said they have not made any contact with him.
Some other early reports of the incident also alleged that Jones had drugs in his vehicle, which Albuquerque Police Department officer Simon Drobik said were false.
Drobik did elaborate on the investigation, however, saying, “Jon Jones is wanted for questioning in a hit-and-run where an older woman was transported to the hospital for injuries.”
There’s no word on the victim’s identity and age or whether the victim has made contact with an auto accident lawyer. Older drivers are especially susceptible to car accidents, and around 500 adults ages 65 and older are injured each day in car accidents in the United States.
The allegation of drugs in the vehicle may not be that outlandish when taking the UFC fighter’s history into account.
In 2012, Jones was arrested in Binghamton, NY, after driving his Bentley Continental GT into a telephone pole. He was charged with driving under the influence, was fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.
Last year, after a win over MMA fighter Daniel Cormier, Jones got into a brawl with Cormier in the lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Jones was fined $50,000 and given 40 hours of community service but he didn’t face suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Following the incident, Jones later admitted to cocaine use and entered himself into a drug rehab facility.
So far, Jones’s manager, Malki Kawa, and attorney, Ofir Ventura, have not offered comment.
The UFC released a statement on Sunday about the accident.
“We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident,” the statement reads. “We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available.”
Jones’ UFC 187 fight with Anthony Johnson, where Jones is expected to defend his title, is still scheduled for May 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.