Embattled Michigan State Rep. Jewell Jones (D) was stripped of his committee duties Thursday after a reported prison escape attempt, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Michigan House spokesman Jason Wentworth (R) announced the sanctions against Jones after the representative allegedly tried to secure his release from prison by pressing a universal key to the bottom of his foot.
Jones was ordered to return to jail Tuesday after repeated bond violations following his arrest in April, which took place after police say he drove into a ditch while under the influence of alcohol. He reportedly did not comply with Michigan State Police when they reached the scene.
On Wednesday, Jones was charged with two more crimes.
“Rep. Jewell Jones’ increasingly disruptive and distracting behavior in the months following his arrest in April has eroded my confidence in his ability to carry out the work of the people,” Wentworth said Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
He said Jones’ recent behavior “hit a new low” with his “bizarre attempt to escape from prison”, which is why it justified the facilities being built against him.
Wentworth added: “Steps must be taken to protect the public interest. I am now removing Rep. Jones from all House committees and urging him to use that time to make changes and take control of his actions.”
Jones was also previously accused of spending campaign money on a strip club, according to a July report.
“We have [to] meet people where they are at some point … #HOLLA, ”Jones reportedly told Detroit News when asked about the allegation.