Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones arrested for drink driving
The American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been arrested in Texas on a drink driving charge, after his ex-wife called police to their house over a ‘physical’ argument.
The InfoWars website founder was booked into an Austin jail shortly after midnight and released on bond a few hours later, Travis County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kristen Dark said.
Far-right broadcaster Jones was just under the limit and arrested on a misdemeanour charge of driving while intoxicated, according to court records released today.
Jones, 46, had a ‘strong odour of alcohol’ coming from him and his blood-alcohol level was recorded at 0.076 and 0.079, the records said.
In Texas, the legal blood alcohol limit is 0.08. Jones was also allegedly unable to complete sobriety tests, losing his balance and failing to walk heel-to-toe.
In an arrest affidavit, the sheriff’s deputy said he was originally responding to a family disturbance call at Jones’ home just after 10 pm yesterday.
The affidavit said: ‘Dispatch advised the disturbance now was only verbal but earlier in the day “it was physical”.’
An attorney for Jones did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
An article posted on his InfoWars website suggested he was pulled over for going five miles over the speed limit. The article mentions Jones having a ‘small amount of sake’ with his wife at dinner but does not mention an argument.
The deputy said that when he arrived he saw Jones’ Dodge Charger leaving the neighbourhood and pulled him over.
Jones allegedly said he and his wife got into an argument over dinner and that he ended up walking about three miles home from the restaurant.
He claimed that the said the argument continued when he got home, so he set off for another downtown residence he owns ‘to get away from his wife,’ according to the affidavit.
Jones is being sued in Austin by the parents of a six-year-old victim of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, who claim the Infowars host used his show to promote falsehoods that the shooting was a hoax.
He founded InfoWars in 1999 and produces his radio show in Austin.