Far-right conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones has been arrested on a suspicion of a DWI in his home state of Texas, though his camp claims he only had a bit of sake to drink before going for a drive.
Jones, 46 and of Austin, was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, a spokesperson for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Oxygen.com.
He was booked at the jail at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, KVUE in Austin reports. His bail was set at $3,000 and he has since been released on bond.
An arrest affidavit obtained by the Austin American-Statesman states that deputies were called to Jones' home Monday night after his wife reported a domestic disturbance. She allegedly said that she and Jones got into an argument that turned into a fight earlier in the day and claimed that Jones left the home in his Dodge Charger after possibly drinking, the affidavit stated.
En route to the Jones’ home, a deputy spotted the Charger and pulled Jones over. The affidavit alleges that Jones had "glassy" eyes with "constricted pupils" and a “strong odor of alcohol coming from his person." Jones allegedly admitted to drinking a bottle of sake while at a sushi dinner — a meal that apparently didn't go so well.
“Jones stated he and his wife got into an argument while eating dinner and he ended up walking home from the restaurant,” the affidavit stated. He then apparently walked three miles home before the couple continued their argument, according to the affidavit. “Jones stated he then proceeded to drive to another residence he owns downtown to get away from his wife."
The deputy that wrote the report described the polarizing conspiracy theorist as “excited, talkative, and carefree.”
InfoWars, the controversial outlet that Jones hosts and founded, didn’t immediately respond to Oxygen.com’s request for comment. However, an article on their website claimed that Jones has been “cleared of a ‘driving while intoxicated’ charge by blowing less than a 0.08 — the legal limit in Texas for DWI — which in itself is an incredibly low threshold.”
The Travis County District Clerk's office told Oxygen.com that the case is still active and that Jones hasn't yet even reached the point whether charges can be officially dropped or not. He still faces a possible arraignment, they said.
InfoWars claimed Jones was pulled over for going just 5 miles over the speed limit, 45 mph in a 40-mph zone.
“The paperwork shows that Jones admitted to drinking a small amount of sake at a Japanese restaurant hours before with his wife, which was proven truthful after the breathalyzer test showed a tiny amount of alcohol – well under the legal limit in the Lone Star State,” the InfoWars statement reads.
They claim he was “caught up in a Travis Co. DWI dragnet" claiming that the county has been "criticized for its low number of DWI arrests, which has triggered a countywide dragnet."
Jones talked about the arrest in a Tuesday episode of his show, claiming that the officer who arrested him messed up the “stand on one leg” sobriety test correctly when trying to demonstrate it to Jones. An arrest affidavit claims that Jones failed that test, the Daily Beast reported.
“Jones wanted to get out in front of this to show he has nothing to hide and to point out that legal experts are confident the case will be quickly dropped because he didn’t violate the law,” InfoWars said in their statement.
InfoWars and Jones have received criticism for pushing out misinformation. Back in December, a judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against him which claims he used his show to promote conspiracies that baselessly alleged the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, the Associated Press reported. That judge also ordered him to pay $100,000 in legal fees. Sandy Hook victims claim that Jones’ targeting of them has resulted in harassment and death threats from his followers.
Twitter banned Jones from their platform in 2018, citing abusive behavior.
A former InfoWars employee claimed in a New York Times piece that he witnessed Jones driving while drinking something out of a Dixie cup that smelled “of vodka, like paint thinner” in 2016.
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