SOUTHFIELD, MI — Inkster Democratic Rep. Jewell Jones announced this week that his driver’s license will be suspended and he will join the Farmington Hills-based WFDF 910 AM as a radio host.
“I once heard a wise man say, if you get knocked down, fall on your back, because if you can look up, you can get back up!” And I will be up every morning, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to share some of my mind and give you a chance to share some of yours,” Jones said in an announcement posted on Instagram.
His license suspension comes after Jones recently reached a plea deal in a case stemming from a traffic stop after he was seen driving erratically.
Jones comes to the urban talk show station, which bills itself as 910 AM Superstation, to replace former Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, who recently announced she would be running for mayor again.
He will join the station’s 7-9 a.m. block, Monday through Friday, the station said.
“I am satisfied… [to] welcome Jewell to the 910am Superstation family as the successor to Karen Weaver who has done a great job during her time here at the radio station,” station CEO Kevin Adell said in a press release.
House committee meetings are usually held in person in Lansing on weekday mornings. Jones, however, was removed from his committee duties in light of his criminal case.
In one video posted on Instagram after the House session on Tuesday, Jones said he had “a big surprise” he hoped to share soon. The next post from Jones’ Instagram account on Wednesday showed him smiling behind the wheel of a vehicle.
“Update: Enjoying my last days of riding,” Jones captioned the post. “I received a letter in the post telling me that my license was going to be suspended (and later restricted) from March 5. I’ve been driving for fifteen years and can honestly say it’s been real and fun, but not really fun… but in september… i will be back on the road . for every action there is a reaction #holla”
In January, Jones pleaded guilty to one count of escape of legal custody, one count of intoxicated exploitation, one count of possession of a weapon while intoxicated, one count of reckless driving and two counts of resisting and obstructing the police.
His plea deal allows Jones to use a youth sentencing program called the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which would erase felony convictions from his record once the program ends.
The charges stem from Jones’ arrest in April 2021 when he was tackled, stunned twice with a taser and pepper sprayed in the face along Interstate 96 in Livingston County’s Handy Township after he been seen driving erratically.
Jones went to jail for breaching bail after tampering with his alcohol ankle monitor and received additional felony charges when arrested, after the Livingston County Sheriff accused him of bringing a handcuff key in prison.
Jones’ lawyer, former Inkster mayor Byron Nolen, mentioned the 26-year-old lawmaker’s desire to tell his side of the story about his arrest and breaches of duty.
“You want to tell his story and when it’s over you can sit down and tell that story, whatever it is. Whatever you think was done right or wrong, someone is going to sit down and talk it over with you. But you have to do what’s best for you now,” Nolen told Jones. is important, especially someone like him who may still be interested in politics, who knows what he’s doing.”
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