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Sheriff: Michigan lawmaker in jail had hidden handcuff key

Officers who escorted a Michigan lawmaker to jail say they were surprised when they found a handcuff key taped to his foot.
Credit: AP
FILE — In this file photo released by the Michigan State Police, Rep. Jewell Jones, D-Inkster, is shown. Jones is accused of taping a handcuff key to his foot that discovered when he was placed in jail Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 for violating bond conditions, authorities said. The Detroit-area state lawmaker was charged with drunken driving, resisting police officers and other crimes stemming from an April 6, 2021 crash along Interstate 96 in Livingston County, (Michigan State Police via AP, file)

HOWELL, Mich — Officers who escorted a Michigan lawmaker to jail say they were surprised when they found a handcuff key taped to his foot. 

Authorities in Livingston County say the key was discovered Tuesday when state Rep. Jewell Jones was put in jail for violating bond conditions in a drunken driving case. 

The 26-year-old Detroit-area Democrat returned to court Wednesday to face new charges over the key. 

Defense attorney Byron Nolan says Jewell “realizes the seriousness of the allegations.” 

Jones has been in and out of court since April when he was charged with drunken driving, resisting police and other offenses. 

That case is pending.

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