Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones was arrested in early October and faces several charges after a traffic stop in which he admitted to smoking marijuana.
Jones, 22, has pleaded not guilty to counts of speeding, driving without a valid license and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in his system, according to Wisconsin court records. The district attorney’s office for Brown County filed charges on Oct. 2, several days before Jones made his first start against the Dallas Cowboys.
The arrest and subsequent charges previously had been unreported.
…Jones was pulled over for speeding on Highway 172 in Ashwaubenon at 11:37 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, according to an incident report obtained by the Journal Sentinel. A state trooper clocked Jones’ vehicle traveling 79 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone.
The report states the trooper smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle and observed Jones’ eyes to be red and bloodshot. Jones told the trooper he had woken up three hours earlier and smoked marijuana after eating breakfast. A search of the vehicle did not produce any narcotics or paraphernalia.
A second trooper arrived on the scene, and Jones was asked to participate in a standardized field sobriety test along the side of the highway. The report states Jones was assessed one “clue” for using his arms to balance during a walking test but had no issue standing on one leg or tracking an object with his eyes.
Jones was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay for a blood test. He was released from custody at 1:33 p.m. after Donatello Brown, a cornerback for the Packers, signed the responsibility agreement to care for an individual who has been operating a vehicle under the influence.
…This is not his first run-in with the law. Jones was arrested Feb. 10, 2016, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to a report in the El Paso Times. A deputy observed Jones’ car swerving out of its lane shortly after 1 a.m., and the Intoxilyzer test registered breath alcohol concentration levels of 0.15 and 0.139. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08.
Jones, who played college football at the University of Texas at El Paso, eventually entered a pretrial diversion program that functions like probation but ends with the charge being dropped.
“By entering the program,” the newspaper reported, “Jones agrees to follow several probation-like conditions that include reporting to a probation officer, taking alcohol and drug tests, and attending several DWI-related classes and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim impact panel.
“Unlike probation, if Jones successfully completes the program the driving while intoxicated charge will be dismissed.”
Wisconsin is a zero tolerance state, meaning that driving with any amount of marijuana in one’s blood system is an “operating while under the influence.” Wisconsin Statute 346.63(1)(am). Illinois recently amended its DUI laws to set a legal limit of 5 ng of cannabis per ml of blood.