Update, 11 p.m.: Jones is now in police custody.
UFC fighter Jon Jones ran a red light and caused an accident that injured a pregnant woman in Albuquerque, N.M., shortly before noon on Sunday, according to police. Jones is alleged to have fled the scene on foot, then quickly returned to grab “a large handful of cash” from the car before fleeing again.
The woman was taken to the hospital with a broken arm, which could lead to a felony charge for Jones. The light heavyweight champion, who is scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Jonson at UFC 187 next month, was identified by an off-duty officer as he fled a rented Buick SUV.
A report by the Albuquerque police cites a search of the abandoned vehicle, which revealed “a marijuana pipe, with marijuana inside of it.” Officers “located paperwork belonging to Jonathan Jones, which had MMA information on it.”
On Sunday, the UFC issued this statement:
“We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available.”
The 27-year-old Jones became the youngest champ in UFC history in 2011, but since then he has also been embroiled in several controversial episodes. He was named in a 2011 Albuquerque police report after an officer saw him driving erratically, then learned Jones had a suspended license, but no charges were brought.
In 2012, Jones was fined $1,000 and had his license suspended for six months after he was charged with DWI in Binghamton, N.Y. In that incident, Jones drove his Bentley into a utility pole.
After Jones defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 in January, the UFC revealed that he had failed a December test for traces of cocaine. That test was classified as out-of-competition, so Jones’s victory was allowed to stand, but the fighter subsequently checked into a rehab facility, only to reportedly check out the next day.
Jones, whose brothers Chandler and Arthur Jones play in the NFL, is a New York state native who trains in the Albuquerque area. He has successfully defended his title eight times since 2011, and he is considered by many to be the top pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world.