UFC champion Jon Jones appeared in court this Tuesday on a felony charge for an alleged hit-and-run accident. Jones was represented by his lawyer, Vincent Ward and did not enter a plea. The Bernadillo County District Attorney’s office has 60 days to decide if to pursue charges or not. Jones is free of custody however the judge did give conditions for his release. He must stay away from alcohol, drugs, refrain from breaking state laws and remain in contact with his lawyer.
There have been no travel restrictions made, so Jones can still legally travel to Nevada to fight. The UFC have not yet made any decisions over the champs title defence fight at UFC 187 in May but are due to meet with Jones in Albuquerque on Tuesday, as reported by Ariel Helwani.
Jon Jones was released Monday night after paying $2,500 bail. He had turned himself in after Albuquerque Police were seeking the fighter for questioning regarding his possible involvement in the hit-and-run accident that happened early Sunday morning involving three cars. According to Bernalillo County Metro Detention Centre Records, Jones was arrested on a felony charge and booked at 7:11pm local time before being released at approx. 10pm.
The charge had been upgraded to a felony after the pregnant victim broke her arm. Jones ran a red light crashing into the victims vehicle and is accused of fleeing from the scene on foot. Read more on the hit-and-run accident and UFC Statement here.