Jon Jones reaches plea deal on April driving stop, drag racing charges dropped

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Jon Jones (photo credit Mark J. Rebilas © USA Today Sports)

Jon Jones is still awaiting adjudication with USADA and the Nevada Athletic Commission over his failed pre-fight drug test into UFC 200, but he’s cleared another outstanding issue this week.

According to a report from TMZ Sports, Jones has accepted a plea deal from his April traffic stop that put him in jail for several days on a probation violation. The deal sees Jones plead guilty to a charge of having a modified exhaust and an obscured license plate, with citations for drag racing and others dropped. He’s agreed to pay a fine of $143 and serve 60 hours of community service.

The April incident nearly took Jones out of UFC 197, and was exacerbated by Jones’ interaction with the officer who pulled him over. He ultimately had some added community service to his previous parole conditions, and he’s now being required to attend aggressive driving school as well.

Penick’s Analysis: The officer who stopped Jones was a bit overzealous in the stop and the exchange, as well as the citations given at the time, so it’s no surprise that several of them were dropped. This was going to be a minor issue in the long run, and that’s what it came down to with this plea deal. He’s got more pressing business to deal with regarding USADA, Nevada, and his drug test failure, but it’s good that he’s gotten this out of the way.

[Photo (c) Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today Sports]

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