Alex Jones, who gained infamy with his conspiracy theory website InfoWars, has been arrested for drunk driving in Texas near the city of Austin.
The situation began with a call to his house related to an argument in the hours before the arrest. Jones’ wife told police on the scene that during the day prior he had been drinking, the two of them got into an altercation, and that he left in his car, possibly while still drinking more. The local police did eventually find him late on Monday night. When they pulled him over, they noticed a strong smell of alcohol and began an investigation to determine if he was intoxicated. During their interview on the scene, Jones did admit to drinking sake while he was at a sushi restaurant with his wife earlier that day. He also confirmed what his wife had said earlier about them arguing and his attempts to get away. During the field sobriety exercises, Jones did lose his balance a couple of times, but the chemical breath test showed that his blood alcohol level was slightly below the .08 legal limit for both samples he gave.
Jones was arrested on Tuesday morning, just after midnight in Travis County, Texas. The local sheriff’s office said he was held at the county jail on a $3,000 bond, which was posted shortly afterward. He was released a few hours later at approximately 4 am. He will be charged under the state’s statute for DWI, or driving while intoxicated.
Shortly after being released, Jones released a statement that he believes his blood alcohol concentration was below the legal limit at the time of his arrest, the traffic stop was part of sting operation, and that he will be fighting the charges. It is also unclear who his alleged wife in the story was, as he was divorced a few years ago and has never remarried. The state of Texas does allow officers to make a misdemeanor arrest for DWI when a person’s blood alcohol level is below the legal limit, as long as the officer can show evidence of impairment.
Jones became a controversial figure for saying that certain events such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre were hoaxes. He also believes that the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, September 11th attacks, and moon landing were coordinated by the government to deceive the public. Despite these controversies, his radio broadcasts and videos have been relatively successful and he does have a fairly large following. Many major publications have referred to him as the most prominent conspiracy theorist in the United States. His shows are produced in the city of Austin, which is in Travis County.
Laws against intoxicated driving
All states have some kind of drunk driving laws, and the charges may be referred to as DUI or DWI depending on the jurisdiction. Penalties for drunk driving have also become more severe over the last couple of decades, meaning people who are charged can face license suspensions, fines, probation, mandatory substance abuse treatment, and jail time. Drivers who consume drugs rather than alcohol can also be punished under these same laws in most places. Officers trained as drug recognition experts will perform testing in these situations.