Controversial radio host Alex Jones has been the target of widespread media attacks over his defense of various conspiracy theories, with some of those critics taking aim at more personal issues — including news earlier this year that he had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
While some of his detractors might have cheered the development at the time, an update earlier this month revealed that prosecutors have decided to drop the charges against Jones, as reported by Fox News.
Under the legal limit
The initial arrest dates back to March 10, when Jones was pulled over by a Travis County sheriff’s deputy near his home in Austin, Texas, for speeding.
Records indicate that police stop came a short time after his then-wife, Kelly Morales, contacted authorities to report a domestic dispute and suggested Jones was possibly driving drunk.
After reportedly failing a series of field sobriety tests, he was arrested and, upon taking a breathalyzer test while in custody, registered just under the state’s legal limit of 0.08, according to Fox.
Despite not meeting that legal threshold, Jones was still charged with a misdemeanor DWI count. The Austin American-Statesman reported on Monday that Travis County prosecutors decided to reject that charge.
Subsequent media reports noted that Texas prosecutors have been known to proceed with charges against individuals suspected of driving under the influence even if they passed a breathalyzer test, leaving it up to a jury to determine if the suspect had been intoxicated or not.
Ongoing divorce battle
As for the decision to drop the charge against Jones, there was no apparent explanation included in the prosecutors’ order.
The American-Statesman noted that Morales was “disappointed” by the outcome.
She and Jones have since divorced and are reportedly locked in a contentious dispute over the custody of their children. Morales confirmed she is still in the process of seeking sole custody.
Jones is also facing a lawsuit in Austin by the parents of a young boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting who claim the InfoWars host used his show to promote the notion that the massacre was a hoax, as NBC New York reports.
Given the hatred so many apparently have toward Jones, his ex-wife is likely not the only one disappointed in the result.