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Jones arrested for violating probation following traffic incident

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Endicott native and former UFC Champ Jon "Bones" Jones surrendered himself to police Tuesday after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest for violating his probation.

Video surfaced Monday of a traffic incident on Thursday where an officer pulled Jones over accusing the fighter of drag racing. Jones became emotional and began talking back to the officer. By the end of the encounter, Jones was issued tickets for drag racing as well as exhibition driving, weaving, failing to properly display his license, and modifying his exhaust pipe. Jones got defensive with the officer saying he was not drag racing, simply revving his engine for nearby fans. Jones did apologize for his behavior towards the officer in a written statement Monday, but remained adamant that he was not drag racing.

The arrest is being handled by the probation department and when the report is finalized, will be turned over to the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office for further review.

Jones was sentenced to 18 months probation in September as a result of a hit-and-run accident in April. The latest traffic incident occurred one day after Jones settled a January case in which he was ticketed for driving without a license or proof of registration or insurance. That case was settled with Jones making a $100 good will donation to the New Mexico Animal Humane Society. The case was considered not to be a violation of his probation, so long as he remain out of trouble for 90 days.

Jones is, as of now, still slated to return to the octagon and take on Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title on April 23rd in Las Vegas. UFC issued a statment Monday saying they were aware of the incident and Tuesday said they knew of the arrest.

"UFC is aware that Jon Jones turned himself into the Albuquerque Police Department this morning for a potential probation violation stemming from a traffic stop last week," UFC officials said. "UFC has been in touch with Jones' legal team and will have no further comment until the organization has had appropriate time to gather necessary information."

Jones is due in court on April 5th.

No word yet on the impact the latest incident and resulting arrest will have on Jones fight next month.

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