Christine Jones Gave Cop "One Drink" Story in '04 DUI; Blew .102 About Five Hours Later

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Image: Phoenix PD
Christine Jones, candidate for Arizona governor, in police snapshot taken during 2004 DUI arrest.
Christine Jones' DUI story just doesn't add up.

Jones, the former Go Daddy general counsel now running as a Republican candidate for Arizona governor, told an officer during an April 2004 stop that she'd just had one drink, nearly five hours earlier.

Yet two breathalyzer tests showed her BAC at .102 and .103.

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But could anyone believe that "one drink" line?

Jones was stopped at 2:26 a.m. on April 10, 2004, in her Lincoln Aviator, the police report obtained by New Times shows.

Phoenix police officer GW Rice, going eastbound on Ray Road near 32nd Street, saw the SUV "driving down the middle of the two lanes" at about 35 mph, the report states. He did a U-turn and noticed the vehicle was still driving in the middle of two lanes. As he tailed Jones westbound, he saw the SUV weave well into a bicycle lane, continuing in the bike lane for "200-300 feet until I initiated a traffic stop..."

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Christine Jones' booking mugshot, taken two years after her arrest. She served one day in jail.
Jones told the officer she was very tired and thanked him for stopping her. He noticed she had bloodshot, watery eyes and had a moderate reek of booze.

"I asked her how much she had to drink tonight and she stated 'one drink earlier with dinner,'" the report says, later adding that she'd stopped drinking before 10 p.m.

Dinner with the "one" mixed drink had occurred at Black Angus, but now she was on her way home after dropping off a friend a "few blocks away."

Officer Rice noticed a "slight stagger as she walked" after getting out of the SUV. She asked Rice if she'd be given an HGN test, saying she knew about those because she used to be a prosecutor. She flunked the test, which measures eye movement. Didn't do well on the field tests, either. As mentioned, the breath test showed her BAC was higher than .08 legal limit for drivers. She was handcuffed and processed at a DUI van, where police snapped the black-and-white picture seen above. (The records department didn't have the actual photo file for us, just a Xerox of the image.)

Unlike some DUI arrests, this one went very quickly. Less than an hour after being stopped, she was given a citation and "released to a friend." Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson says Jones received "routine" treatment.

"We don't always book you," Thompson says, in explaining that, as a "courtesy" to polite suspects, many DUI arrests end without the person being booked into jail. However, he adds, "if you're a bonehead, we're not going to extend you that courtesy."

Because Jones wasn't booked into jail, no mugshot was taken of her on the night of the arrest. She was convicted in 2006 on two DUI misdemeanor charges, paid a fine, and spent one day in the Maricopa County Jail. There, she submitted to a mugshot -- the second picture seen here.

After news of the old conviction --leaked to the media by someone -- made minor headlines this week, Jones released a statement saying she regretted the incident. She's so far refused to answer any questions about it. And no wonder.

One drink? That's about as believable as -- a campaign promise.


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mealer2014
mealer2014

It's OUR turn Arizona...

When I am asked why I am running for Arizona Governor, I like to assume that people already know why. They usually don't, but this is a bit of it.


Most people don't understand that Arizona has had 102 years of the same old stale politics. Self serving politicians playing party politics and leading us on the road to nowhere. The ride has been nearly straight down and we are at rock bottom. Doing the same thing over and over again with the party mentality, and that goes for any party, can only mean one of two things. The majority of Arizona voters are all either insane or our votes are not counted in the first place.


I am running to end this party-line stagnation and to reinvigorate Arizona's economy while pushing the encroachments on our rights back into the faces of those who dare try our patience. I not only have been blessed with a huge group of high dollar investors offering to bring huge industry into Arizona, but I am the only candidate with a viable game plan, detailed to the point where you will find nothing but pure confidence.


I am certain that other Arizona gubernatorial candidates have plans and ideas and many of them might carry weight, but I guarantee you that no plan will succeed without the industry following me to the state when I take office or without the full implementation of my Omnibus plan for new and existing businesses.


We can talk all day and half the night about social issues, valet parking and raising taxes. We may even discuss what dash of tea goes best with crumpets and caviar at one of the usual government business luncheons, but those discussions will not get us anywhere and more often than not, wind up destroying more of Arizona's economy. Sitting at rock bottom in education, job growth and with a bleak outlook for our future, Arizona must have a Governor in 2014 who is coming to the table loaded. Add up all the platitudes from every other candidate and we still have an empty hat when it's time to pull from it. We cannot wait any longer. Not another year, let alone another two years or our Great State will fall through the cracks.


I, John Lewis Mealer, have what Arizona needs. All plans and solutions are clearly spelled out in the Mealer Initiative 2014 http://jlmealer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/MEALER_Initiative_2014_AzGov.pdf

with more details at the campaign site http://jlmealer.com Arizona must end the cycle of this insane rerun of politics as usual.


Please, do not sit on the sideline, it is long past time that we stand up as a state, stand up as many broken parts against this destructive crumbling political machine and take care of business before we begin arguing about issues that are out of our control.


Visit my site, throw a few bucks at me if you are not an Arizona voter. If you are an Arizona voter, sign my petition and let me fix what they have broken before the party-political monster breaks it even worst this next time around.


marcy
marcy

A lying politician, shocking.

A drunk lying politician, pretty ordinary.

tomsimpson790
tomsimpson790

A law breaker wanting to administer government and laws that cover law breakers a unique idea anyone wonder how her chances of winning are now!:-)

Craig
Craig

I can almost guarantee that when she worked for Godaddy that she enforced a policy that would have prevented someone with a DUI on their record from getting a job with the company.

Peter Fullmer
Peter Fullmer

On the bright side, perhaps this event veered her towards opposition to the "expect the max" policy.

Jukes
Jukes

Will this interfere with her getting the endorsement of Sheriff Studboi1? 

tomsimpson790
tomsimpson790

With GOP popularity falling her DUI might be a real negative to some folks, but hey a lot depends on them independents since they always swing the election right or left!

dogon
dogon

It's not the  DUI as it is the ease with which she (and many others) lie when faced with these situations.

Jon Crowley
Jon Crowley

Who gives a shit? This was relevant in 2006. Are you saying folks can't change in 13 years? Unfucking real.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

If, during a job interview, an applicant revealed that he had a DUI 9 years ago, I wouldn't hire him, because I wouldn't trust his judgment.  I won't "hire" this woman as Governor, either.

The fact that you've "paid for" the crime doesn't mean that your judgment has improved.

Bad decisions have consequences that don't always get cleared over time.


ENOUGHIZENOUGH
ENOUGHIZENOUGH

So you are bringing up a DUI from 9 years ago?  I believe she has already paid for that crime.  You really had to dig deep on this one didn't you.  PATHETIC!  Cmon Ray you are better than this!

teknik
teknik topcommenter

if you have a full meal and then drink it can take five hours to reach peak blood alcohol.

food only helps after you've drank.  otherwise it'll slow you down.


I drank three beers over a three hour period, waited five hours to drive and blew a .10



chris.m.robert
chris.m.robert

Is this one of those mugshot websites that have recently made the news? Okay, what ransom does this woman need to surrender to have this decade-old misdemeanor removed? Have the credit card companies contacted you yet re: revokation of privileges?

1959cutter
1959cutter

she doesn't seem,from her two mugs,like the kind of woman that likes either men or sex.

Abevigoda
Abevigoda

Crack reporting guys. You broke ... a DUI conviction?

tomsimpson790
tomsimpson790

Wow a drunk with a DUI record for governor! I do believe this puts a new light on this lady and her bid to be governor! Can one hold this office with a less than stellar personal life? I think this story ought to be run daily and her mug shot to boot!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

As she thinks the Rio Grande runs south of AZ, I'd say she might STILL be drunk!

onefingersalute
onefingersalute

This directly reflects on her qualifications to be governor.  EVERYBODY knows you're supposed to tell the cops you only had two beers!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I'm not drunk, oshifer. And... do you know who I am? 

YABADABA
YABADABA

@tomsimpson790 The governor does not write the laws, you can thank the legislature for that.  Also, a governor does not not sit in a courtroom judging the fate of others, you can thank all of the judges you do not vote out during elections. 

YABADABA
YABADABA

@Craig Hmm, interesting many employers only ask if convicted of a felony or violent crime over the past 7/10 years, but you know it all.

marcy
marcy

@Jon Crowley 

2013 - 2004 isn't 13 years ago honey

Try posting again when you are sober

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Jon Crowley  

Given a choice between a candidate who was an ass 13 years ago, and one who wasn't, which would you choose?   Sometimes people change, and sometimes they don't.

 

marcy
marcy

@ENOUGHIZENOUGH 

She got CAUGHT once. 

Would you hire an accountant who had served time for accounting fraud with the argument that the crime had been paid for?

Lots of shills on here making excuses for a drunk driver who was fortunate to not have killed someone while driving drunk.  Which would be fine if she paid for that crime too, right?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@ENOUGHIZENOUGH  

If a child molester serves his time and is released, would you hire him as a babysitter?  "Paying for the crime" doesn't mean you're no longer the person who committed it..  If you're dumb enough to drive drunk, you're too dumb to be Governor.

Jukes
Jukes

@1959cutter Seriously, you're going to go there based on a mugshot?

YABADABA
YABADABA

@WhoKnows Maybe she misspoke and meant south of the US. Of course Democrats, formerly the pro slavery party, never make mistakes though, they always get it right!

marcy
marcy

@WhoKnows 

Oh stop bringing up that she's an ignorant idiot, that's irrelevant according to her shills.

YABADABA
YABADABA

A child molester is a whole hell of a lot different than someone who foolishly thought it was ok to drive drunk.  She did not crash or kill anyone, paid her debt ordered by the court, and obviously has learned her lesson.  By the way her DUI was a misdemeanor, child molestation is a felony.  You and Flyer have both driven dunk before, so please step out of your glass house- our society allows you aholes to still roam the earth. 

YABADABA
YABADABA

@valleynative Analogies only make sense with relative comparisons, not apples and oranges.  Her character from 9 years ago when she committed a misdemeanor is nine years ago and not today.  Civilized people learn from their mistakes.  I am not assuming you have driven drunk, I know you have.  I don't drink so I don't have that issue.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@YABADABA  

While the crimes are different, the principle remains.  That's sort of the point of analogies.

Having "paid her debt" doesn't eliminate the stain on her character.

Why do you assume that I've driven drunk?  Do you just assume that everybody does it?

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