UFC Star Jon 'Bones' Jones Faces Felony Charge Following Alleged Hit-Run Crash

Mixed martial arts star is accused of leaving the scene of an accident.

ByRYAN SMITH
April 28, 2015, 3:24 PM

— -- UFC star Jon "Bones" Jones turned himself into authorities in New Mexico Monday in connection with a hit-and-run crash, officials said.

Bernalillo County authorities said Jones, 27, was booked and later released on $2500 bond.

An arrest warrant signed by police said the mixed martial arts star faced a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries. The charges are related to a hit-and-run accident at an Albuquerque, New Mexico intersection on Sunday.

Authorities say the driver of a rented silver Buick SUV, identified by an off-duty officer as Jones, ran a red light, crashed into another vehicle and began to flee on foot. But witnesses say the man returned to the SUV and grabbed “a large handful of cash” before taking off again and jumping a fence.

A pregnant driver in the other vehicle, Vanessa Sonnenberg, broke her arm in the accident, and a third car was also involved.

Additionally, police said they found a pipe with marijuana inside the SUV. Jones has not yet appeared in court.

Jones is scheduled to defend his light heavyweight title against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 187 in Las Vegas May 23, one of the sport’s biggest shows of the year.

"We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available," the UFC said in a statement.

Although Jones is one of the biggest stars in mixed martial arts, he has also endured legal trouble, including a 2012 crash in New York in which he pleaded guilty to DWI. Jones was arrested after crashing his Bentley into a telephone pole in Binghamton. He had his driver's license suspended, but did no jail time.

He also tested positive for cocaine in late December and entered rehab for a short period of time earlier this year.

Jones's attorney did not reply to ABC News' request for comment as of this writing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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