Prominent right-wing conspiracy theorist and Infowars founder Alex Jones was arrested early Tuesday morning on charges of driving while intoxicated, according to law enforcement.
Jones, 46, was arrested on a class-B misdemeanor DWI charge near Austin, Texas, according to a spokeswoman for the Travis County sheriff’s department.
He was booked into the Travis County Jail at 12:37 AM, and released on bond at 4:11 AM.
An article on the InfoWars website claimed that Jones was “caught up in a Travis Co. DWI dragnet” after being pulled over for speeding. Jones claims he had been “drinking a small amount of sake at a Japanese restaurant,” according to the article.
In December, a Texas judge ordered him to pay $100,000 in court costs and legal fees in a defamation case brought against him by the parent of a child who was slain in the Sandy Hook mass shooting after he spread unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the mass shooting, where 20 children and six adults were killed.
But, according to an arrest affidavit filed in court, Jones’ wife called the sheriff’s department on Monday night to report a “family disturbance” between her and Jones. Jones’ wife added that he had possibly been drinking, according to the report.
“The disturbance now was only verbal but earlier in the day it ‘was physical,’” the affidavit reads according to the Daily Beast.
On the way to Jones’ home, a sheriff’s deputy saw a car matching the description of Jones’ car and pulled him over. Jones had a “strong odor of alcohol coming from his person,” according to the affidavit, and said he had drank a bottle of Sake earlier that night at dinner. The report describes Jones’ eyes as “water and glassy,” with “constricted pupils,” and adds that the host was “excited, talkative, and carefree.”
According to the affidavit, Jones told the officer he had gotten in an argument with his wife at a Japanese restaurant that night, and had later walked home.
“Jones stated he and his wife got into an argument while eating dinner and he ended up walking home from the restaurant,” the affidavit reads.
Jones swayed back and forth during the interview, according to the affidavit, and later allegedly failed a “walk and turn” sobriety test.