A Michigan state representative defended spending $221 in campaign money at a strip club in Detroit, insisting he was there to meet his constituents — and that they have “great lamb chops.”
Jewell Jones, a Democrat who represents a Detroit suburb of Inkster, made headlines in 2017 for becoming the youngest person ever elected to the Michigan House of Representatives at age 21.
Still, he was in the news on Monday for his campaign finance report.
Jones, 25, reported spending $221 of his campaign money at a strip club in Dearborn for a March 8 “constituent meeting” to discuss “potential economic projects,” according to a disclosure filed Sunday.
Jewell Jones, 25, was elected to the Michigan House in 2017 at the age of 21, representing Inkster. On Sunday, he submitted his campaign finance report, showing the expenses of a strip club
Pantheion Club in Dearborn – which describes itself on Twitter as “the oldest and most established gentlemen’s club in Michigan”
Jones’ receipt for his “constituent meeting to discuss potential economic projects” at the strip club
He told Detroit News that the Pantheion Club, the venue of the meeting, was a “lounge” and said he wasn’t sure if it was a strip club – before disconnecting the reporter’s phone call.
Jones then texted the reporter, saying, “We need to meet people where they are sometimes… #HOLLA.”
He added that the club had “great lamb chops”.
Jones also claimed $6,400 in meals for the early months of 2021, including $696 for one meal in Las Vegas on March 22.
It’s not the first time Jones’ behavior has raised eyebrows.
He was arrested on April 6 after he drunkenly crashed his black Chevy Tahoe, which had a personalized license plate that read “elected.”
Jones will be seen on April 6 following his arrest for drink-driving, resisting arrest and possession of a gun
Jones was tackled, restrained, stunned twice with a taser, sprayed in the face with pepper spray, and arrested on April 6.
Jones was tackled, restrained, stunned twice with a taser, pepper sprayed in the face, and arrested along Interstate 96 in Livingston County’s Handy Township.
According to the police report, he drove erratically and eventually turned on his hazard lights and drove to the shoulder of the highway, where his SUV stopped for several minutes before ending up in a ditch.
He was charged with four counts of resisting and hindering a police officer, driving a vehicle with a high blood alcohol content and operating under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and possession of a weapon under the influence of alcohol.
Dashcam footage of Jones’ arrest revealed the moment paramedics loaded a drunken female passenger into an ambulance while Jones spoke to first responders and emergency services.
When they arrived, the police found the couple partially clothed.
Jones’ blood alcohol level was double the legal limit.
The police report also said Jones had interfered with emergency services while they were holding the drunk woman in the ambulance.
Jones, whose blood alcohol level was double the legal limit on April 6, is being seen showing the effects of the pepper spray used during the arrest
“I’m not going to do anything crazy, mate,” Jones is heard telling a cop after being told to relax. He also mentioned Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
“I’ll call Governor Whitmer right now,” he said, showing a “gold badge” as he told officers he was an “off-duty police officer.”
Jones, 25, has defended his strip club visit strip
Jones served as an auxiliary or reserve police – not the same as off-duty police officers. They retain their police powers only when on duty to support sworn officers.
“Don’t do anything stupid,” the officer replied.
After Jones insists on following the ambulance to the hospital, the officer reiterates that he wants to see Jones’ driver’s license and ID.
Jones refused to provide that information and was wrestled to the ground by two officers.
He was suspended by Inkster’s auxiliary police in response to the arrest.