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4/26/2021

Democrat Lawmaker Resists DUI Arrest with the “Do You Know Who I Am?” Card

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 am



Ed Morrissey has the details at Hot Air. I know this is Jack Posobiec, whom I have blocked, but video footage is video footage.

Fox News has the story:

Michigan State Police released bodycam footage on Sunday of an incident involving Democratic state Rep. Jewell Jones, who was reportedly charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and weapons possession following a collision last week on Interstate 96 in Fowlerville.

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 [Whitmer] 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.

I suspect he’ll play the race/police brutality card. Only time will tell whether that will work.

36 Responses to “Democrat Lawmaker Resists DUI Arrest with the “Do You Know Who I Am?” Card”

  1. Yeah I think this is a case for removal for office for abuse of power (aside from the obviously bad drunk driving).

    nate (1f1d55)

  2. what a clown. I hope he serves time.

    Time123 (52fb0e)

  3. It is a victimless crime. I don’t know why these cops were harrassing him. Oh, that’s right. Because those racist cops wanted to murder him.

    Hoi Polloi (ade50d)

  4. Everything about this guy just screams the death of democracy:

    * Too young and stupid to serve as a legislator? Almost certainly.
    * Inflated ego? Check the vanity plate.
    * Gross sense of entitlement? Evident.
    * Belief that he is above the law? No doubt.

    I’ve made this point before, but I think that when a legislator — both at the state and the federal level — either voluntarily resigns or is forced to resign for ethical reasons, that seat should not be filled until the next regularly scheduled election. The people of a legislative district should share some of the pain of electing a clown by not having a voice in that legislative body for a period of up to two years. They can still have an office staff and various constituent services, but nobody to vote on their behalf.

    And lest you think I desire an option that might have a more substantial impact on lower-income and minority communities, I would hasten to add that my own Congressional district (and, I think at that time, Patterico’s too) would have been left open for nearly two years when our flaky former Congresswoman Jane Harman won reelection in November 2010 then suddenly decided in February 2011 that being in the minority party sucked and she would rather be the head of some blustery think tank. We should have been punished for having elected her by not being represented in the House until January 2013. As it was, the state spent something like $2 million to hold a special election a few months later.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  5. Drunk people do stupid things and act like jerks

    Dave (1bb933)

  6. Hey, and correct me if I am wrong, but it appears that Rep. Jones spends his entire encounter with the police maskless in a state which is undergoing a COVID surge, until he is officially arrested and placed in the back of the squad car at which point it would appear someone (the officers likely) placed a mask on his face which, naturally, did not cover his nose or even his mouth.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  7. Looks like Rep. Jones has had other recent issues with safely operating an automobile:

    In 2018, Jones was charged with having open intoxicants in his car in 2018, but he was not drunk at the time. He was also involved in a crash on I-96 in 2017 near Fowlerville Road, where he collided into an MSU student.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  8. If he was a white legislator they would have let him walk, um, stagger away! Or something.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  9. I expect Governor Whitmer to take a special interest in this case, and I don’t think it will be the way he’s hoping.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  10. Drunk people do stupid things and act like jerks

    From my years of observation, drinking doesn’t create one’s character flaws, it simply brings them to the surface. If someone is ridiculously caustic or a brawler when drunk, for example, it’s likely that the person either acts that way while sober too or else they continually work hard to suppress those tendencies. My guess is that Rep. Jones has an outsized ego and sense of entitlement even while sober, though it clearly dialed up to Level 10 when he is drinking.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  11. JVW, I like your suggestion, but I’m afraid it would lead to more circling of the wagons to defend bad people. Would Katia Hill have been forced out if her seat would have remained open?

    Time123 (441f53)

  12. Not so sure his political party affiliation is relevant… he could have insisted the ditch jumped out in front of him anyway… impaired drunk drivers are equal opportunity stumblebums:

    Former U.S. Presidents and VPs With DUIs

    Former U.S. Presidents and VPs with DUIs include George H.W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    ‘By age 40, about 20% of all males in the USA have received a DUI conviction. DUI penalties get tougher every year. Mandatory jail time for first DUI offenders, DUI school completion, and automatic license suspension are just a few of the damaging consequences of a DUI conviction. But an arrest is not a conviction…’

    source- https://www.drunkdrivingdefense.com/resources/former-u-s-presidents-vps-with-duis/

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  13. Former U.S. Presidents and VPs With DUIs

    Former U.S. Presidents and VPs with DUIs include George H.W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    It’s hard to be impressed with a law firm’s advertising site that can’t make a distinction between George Herbert Walker Bush and his son George Walker Bush. Sounds like the sort of people who 25 years ago were running 1:00 am television ads on local stations.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  14. Would Katia Hill have been forced out if her seat would have remained open?

    I’m willing to risk it. Democrats would have had to answer for why she wasn’t being disciplined for having a sexual relationship with an office staffer. It would at least make party leadership consider the long-term damage done by keeping a compromised candidate in office just for a reliable vote.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  15. @13. Or just drunk? 😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  16. @14, I guess I’d rather make it easier to kick them out rather then harder.

    Time123 (52fb0e)

  17. My guess is that Rep. Jones has an outsized ego and sense of entitlement even while sober, though it clearly dialed up to Level 10 when he is drinking.

    All politicians have ‘an outsized ego and sense of entitlement even while sober’. As do actors.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  18. The image of the vanity plate “ELECTED” veering across the highway drunkenly wrecking is quite symbolic of the times we’re in.

    Referencing your office when being arrested should be an automatic enhancement to any criminal conviction by one grade. Voluntary intoxication should not be a defense to this or anything else.

    It blows my mind that drunk driving is a class B, barely worse than running a stop sign, where I live. My second nightshift I got my first DWI crash. Only person who lived was the drunk driver, celebrating her birthday by driving the wrong way on the interstate. I can hear the last words her best friend said like she spoke them ten seconds ago, rather than years ago. It took a lot of effort to remain polite, and I understand jaded cops who shouldn’t be cops anymore because there’s such ugly entitlement to risk the lives of others.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  19. 6, JVW (ee64e4) — 4/26/2021 @ 9:26 am

    but it appears that Rep. Jones spends his entire encounter with the police maskless in a state which is undergoing a COVID surge

    Isn’t he in the wrong political party if he doesn’t want to wear a mask?

    But I guess, given his district, he has no choice if he wants to be a legislator.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  20. 18. But at least she’s a Republican, so isn’t defecting on one of their core beliefs.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  21. Would Katia Hill have been forced out if her seat would have remained open?
    Time123 (441f53) — 4/26/2021 @ 9:45 am

    That is a very good question. If there were any danger that Republican could taker it, then this would obviously guarantee a block for Dems. At first glance, it seems like a provision that would be welcomed by both parties. I think this would only amplify the hold a party has on a seat. Talk about puppet seats.

    felipe (484255)

  22. Annals of Hypocrisy Department: (although it’s maybe not as bad as the New Yprk Post tried to make out – the vast majority of his tickets were for parking)

    https://nypost.com/2021/04/22/nyc-pol-favors-school-zone-speed-cameras-and-got-caught-by-them-8-times/

    …The liberal Democrat — who’s now a candidate for city comptroller — even racked up two violations in one week last month, one in Manhattan and another just blocks from his home in Brooklyn’s Park Slope.

    In each case, Lander pleaded guilty and paid a $50 fine, according to information posted on the NYC Open Data website. But because the tickets were issued after Lander zoomed past automatic speed cameras, he wasn’t assessed any points against his license.

    Under state law, speeding more than 10 mph over the limit carries at least four points per violation and drivers can have their licenses suspended if they rack up a total of 11 points in 18 months.

    (But since the camera can’t be used as evidence to determine who was the driver, that does not apply)

    https://nypost.com/2021/04/22/nyc-pol-with-8-speeding-tickets-in-school-zones-finally-says-he-should-slow-down/

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  23. Houehold tip: what happens when you try to polish a gold-plated statuette with AfroSheen?

    Oscars Ratings Plummet, With Fewer Than 10 Million Tuning In

    Sunday night’s pandemic-restricted telecast drew 58 percent fewer viewers than last year’s record low.

    ‘LOS ANGELES — For the film industry, which was already fighting to hold its place at the center of American culture, the Nielsen ratings for Sunday night’s 93rd Academy Awards came as a body blow: About 9.85 million people watched the telecast, a 58 percent plunge from last year’s record low.

    Among adults 18 to 49, the demographic that many advertisers pay a premium to reach, the Oscars suffered an even steeper 64 percent decline, according to preliminary data from Nielsen released on Monday. Nielsen’s final numbers are expected on Tuesday and will include out-of-home viewing and some streaming statistics.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences declined to comment.

    The academy had been bracing for a sharp ratings drop. Award shows have been struggling mightily during the pandemic, and the Oscars have been on a downward trajectory for years. But some academy officials had hoped Sunday’s telecast still might crack 10 million viewers and attract as many as 15 million.

    Humiliating? Certainly. But hundreds of millions of dollars are also at stake.

    Under a long-term licensing deal with ABC, which is owned by Disney, the academy stands to collect roughly $900 million between 2021 and 2028 for worldwide broadcasting rights to the Oscars. The funds are crucial to the academy’s operations, especially when it is spending to open a museum in Los Angeles. But some of that money is threatened. Payments to the academy include a guarantee and then revenue sharing if certain ad sales thresholds are reached.

    So far, ABC has been able to keep ad rates high because of the fragmentation of television viewing. Oscars night may be a shadow of its former self, but so is the rest of network television; the ceremony still ranks as one of the largest televised events of the year. Google, General Motors, Rolex and Verizon spent an estimated $2 million for each 30-second spot in Sunday’s telecast, only a slight decline from last year’s pricing, according to media buyers. ABC said on Thursday that it had sold out of its inventory.

    ABC does not guarantee an audience size to Oscar advertisers, thus removing any potential for so-called make-goods (additional commercial time at a later date) to compensate for low ratings.

    Some people in the entertainment industry, whether out of optimism or denial or both, believe award shows are going through a temporary downturn — that declining ratings for stalwarts like the Emmys (a 30-year low) and the Screen Actors Guild Awards (down 52 percent) reflect the pandemic, not a paradigm shift. Without live audiences, the telecasts have been drained of their energy. The big studios also postponed major movies, leaving this year’s awards circuit to little-seen art films.

    The most-nominated movie on Sunday was “Mank.” It received 10 nods. Surveys before the show indicated most Americans had never even heard of it, much less watched it, despite its availability on Netflix. “Mank,” a love letter to Old Hollywood from David Fincher, won for production design and cinematography.

    Still, the Oscars have been on a slide since 1998, when 57.2 million people tuned in to see “Titanic” sweep to best-picture victory.

    Many factors have been undercutting the ratings, starting with the delivery route. Old broadcast networks like ABC are no longer that relevant, especially to young people. (One awards show that is growing are the Game Awards, which celebrate the best video games of the year and are streamed on platforms like YouTube, Twitch and Twitter.)’ -source,

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/26/business/media/oscars-ratings.html

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  24. In az several republican law makers have have dodged arrest for dwi with az legislative immunity law. Former gop gov. jan brewer was involver in accident and had the dps call the head of dps who told officers she is are friend. Don’t arrest her ;but send her home in a cab. Democrats police LAW and Order! republicans mercy and forgiveness. I know texas and other southern states do the same. I am sure many here can site similar stories of driving drunk while being a republican official.

    asset (3f9cf2)

  25. ….[T]he academy stands to collect roughly $900 million between 2021 and 2028 for worldwide broadcasting rights to the Oscars. The funds are crucial to the academy’s operations, especially when it is spending to open a museum in Los Angeles. But some of that money is threatened. Payments to the academy include a guarantee and then revenue sharing if certain ad sales thresholds are reached.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is not hurting for money:

    ……[The] organization that runs Hollywood’s most prestigious awards ceremony is on solid financial ground, with a growing collection of assets approaching $1 billion, according to the academy and its affiliates’ consolidated financial statements.

    AMPAS’s annual awards revenues reached $131.9 million in 2020, capping a decade of robust growth anchored by its huge TV deals. The academy’s assets grew by more than $30 million last year. It posted $82.7 million in revenues in 2010.
    ……..
    AMPAS generally earns more than enough revenue to cover expenses. In 2020, the academy earned $32.7 million after expenses, according to the academy and its affiliates’ consolidated financial statements.

    AMPAS boasted net assets of $789.2 million as of 2020. That’s due in large part to its success reinvesting excess capital. The value of its investment portfolio has more than tripled in about 10 years. Its investments, which include holdings in mutual and hedge funds, increased to $635.3 million in 2020, up from $187.8 million in 2010.
    ……..

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  26. Speaking of “special” politicians, Cuomo’s incompetence cost NY one of it’s congressional seats.

    Davethulhu (6ba00b)

  27. The Oscars’ problem was mostly that few movies came out and few people saw them.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  28. The Oscars’ problem was mostly that few movies came out and few people saw them.

    Most of them went directly to streaming rather than theaters. No matter how big your smart TV is, a movie screen is bigger and the sound is better.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  29. @28. No. =mikeddrop=

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  30. No matter how big your smart TV is, a movie screen is bigger and the sound is better.

    Not necessarily; a multiplex can have some petty small screen w/resolution below that of a large plasm set in your home. And, of course, you can watch in your pajamas on your own schedule– even record or freeze fram via your DVR; and without paying to park, or paying $100 to take a family of 4 to the movies at $15 a ticket– or $5 for popcorn and $3 for a soda.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  31. Someone needed a good Rodney King-ing….you’re drunk, your car is in a ditch….stop digging

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  32. Memo to AMPAS:

    All you twits had to do is run this on a loop for 3 hours and 15 minutes, flash-up headers for Best this or that, hand out the statuettes and crater the self-destructive speeches. This is what you do best:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3W71KwsXrc

    No thank yous necssary.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  33. Or maybe this, too…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVuIVP6Pef8

    Hey, kids: blacks and whites don’t just shoot each other; they have rhythm, can dance, sing and even entertain?!?!

    Who knew!

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  34. I expect Governor Whitmer to take a special interest in this case, and I don’t think it will be the way he’s hoping.

    — “‘Palomino’, Jewell! The safe word is ‘palomino’.”
    — “I forgot, Gretchen.”

    nk (1d9030)

  35. > If there were any danger that Republican could taker it, then this would obviously guarantee a block for Dems

    You are aware that Katie Hill had unseated a Republican incumbent, that the district had elected a Republican continuously from 1993 until 2018, and that her seat was promptly retaken by a Republican in the special election (a vote that was confirmed in the general), right?

    This race is the existence proof that you’re just flat wrong in this assertion.

    aphrael (4c4719)


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