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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones now in Albuquerque police custody

One day after being involved in a hit-and-run crash in New Mexico, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is now in custody.

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Hours after the Albuquerque Police Department confirmed that a felony arrest warrant was issued for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones following a hit-and-run on Sunday morning, Jones is now in police custody. The news was confirmed by local NBC affiliate KOB.

Jones is expected to be charged with "leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries". According to the police report released earlier today, Jones allegedly ran a red light in his silver Buick SUV and crashed into the driver's side of another car, driven by a pregnant woman. The woman was later revealed to have suffered a broken arm from the accident.

Following the crash, Jones fled on foot from the scene, with eyewitnesses stating that Jones went back to his car to retrieve cash before leaving the scene again. Police searched the rental car and found marijuana and a marijuana pipe, as well as documents attributed to him. Arrangements were made for Jones to turn himself in right after the warrant was announced.

According to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, the UFC is aware of Jones' arrest but won't likely release any additional statements tonight. Jones is scheduled to face Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23rd, and although the fight is presently still on the card, it may very well be in jeopardy now that Jones has turned himself in and awaits his day in court.

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