TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — The founder of Austin-based InfoWars.com, Alex Jones, was arrested early Tuesday morning in Travis County and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to records obtained by MyTexasDaily.com.
Jones, 46, was booked into the Travis County Jail at 12:37 a.m. and released on a personal recognizance bond at 4:11 a.m., according to Travis County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kristen Dark.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by MyTexasDaily.com, Jones' bond was set at $3,000 on the charge, which is a class B misdemeanor.
At approximately 11:10 p.m., on March 9, 2020, a Travis County Sheriff's Office deputy was responding to a family disturbance call in the 1000 block of Barton Creek Boulevard in Travis County. The complainant reported a now-verbal disturbance between herself and her husband, which was previously physical, according to the affidavit.
"Dispatch also advised the complainant stated the suspect was leaving the residence in his black Dodge Charger," stated the affidavit. "Dispatch advised the complainant stated the suspect was possibly drinking."
The Travis County Sheriff's Office deputy observed the Charger leaving the neighborhood while enroute to the call, caught up to the vehicle, and observed a speed of 45 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone in the 4500 block of Barton Creek Boulevard. A traffic stop was conducted in the 2700 block of Wimberly Lane and the deputy confirmed, by license plate check, the vehicle was the suspect vehicle from the disturbance call.
"When I made contact with Jones I detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person," the Travis County Sheriff's Office deputy reported in the probable cause affidavit.
Jones told the officer "he consumed a bottle of Sake wine" while eating dinner at a sushi restaurant around 10 p.m. with his wife, got into an argument with his wife, and walked approximately three miles home, according to the affidavit.
"Jones stated when he returned to his home he and wife continued their argument," states the affidavit. "Jones stated he then proceeded to drive to another residence he owns downtown to get away from his wife."
The deputy reported Jones failed to touch toe to heel, turned improperly, lost balance during instructions, and stepped off-line during a walk and turn field sobriety test.
During a one-leg stand test, the deputy reported Jones put his foot down, swayed, and used his arms for balance.
The deputy also reported Jones' eyes were watery, glassy, and constricted pupils while his attitude was excited, talkative, carefree, and cooperative. The deputy reported Jones' speech was fair, his balance was swaying, and his walking was swaying.
An intoxilyzer test administered at 11:55 p.m. returned a 0.076 and a test administered at 11:59 p.m. returned a 0.079, according to the affidavit.
"The Affiant has seen intoxicated persons on many occasions in the past," stated the affidavit. "Based on all of the above and my experience and training, I formed an opinion that the aforementioned suspect was intoxicated, and placed the suspect under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated."
Responding to his arrest on InfoWars.com, Jones says he was "caught up in a Travis Co. DWI dragnet," and that he had been cleared of driving while intoxicated by blowing less than a 0.08 — the legal limit in Texas.
"The paperwork shows that Jones admitted to drinking a small amount of sake at a Japanese restaurant hours before with his wife, which was proven truthful after the breathalyzer test showed a tiny amount of alcohol – well under the legal limit in the Lone Star State," continued the article on InfoWars.
Texas law, however, defines a person as intoxicated as "not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more," and allows for the arrest of a person not solely based on the results of a breathalyzer test.
"Knowing how the establishment, globalist press operates, Jones wanted to get out in front of this to show he has nothing to hide and to point out that legal experts are confident the case will be quickly dropped because he didn’t violate the law," concluded the article.