Alex Jones is calling on all restaurants and bars to shut down in wake of his alcohol-related arrest.
The right-wing conspiracy theorist was booked into an Austin jail early Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. The Statesman reports Travis County Sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance at Jones' residence around 10 p.m. Monday. His wife reportedly told the dispatcher she and Jones got into a physical altercation earlier that day, and that he was driving away from their home while possibly drinking.
Officers reportedly stopped Jones' Dodge Charger as it was leaving the neighborhood, traveling 45 mph in a 40 mph zone. "When I made contact with Jones I detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person," the deputy wrote in the affidavit obtained by the New York Post. The officer described Jones' eyes as "glassy with constricted pupils, while his demeanor was listed as excited, talkative, carefree and cooperative," the outlet reported.
Jones was booked at 12:37 a.m and released on $3,000 bond shortly after 4 a.m. He addressed the incident during Tuesday's episode of InfoWars, claiming he and his wife shared a "little tiny bottle of sake" at a Japanese restaurant about two hours before he was pulled over. Jones says he admitted this to the officer, who then performed a series of sobriety tests.
"Then he starts having me do this—what do you call them? When you stand on one foot and look a the other for seven seconds," Jones recalled. "He shows me what to do, and he can't do it."
Jones claims the officer was blaming the weight of his belt on his inability to demonstrate the test. Jones said he began laughing but ultimately performed the test better than the officer.
"I did it, but I was wobbling at 10 seconds," he claimed. "And [the officer] goes, 'Well, that's it. You're going to jail.' And I said, 'Man, I just told you I had, hours ago, alcohol ... Are you gonna Breathalyze me?' and he goes, 'No, we do that at the jail.'"
Jones said he arrived at the jail about 20 minutes later and did the Breathalyzer test; however, at one during the night, another man informed him the police were allegedly discussing the results of the test, and said there was "literally no alcohol in your blood."
According to the Post, the documents showed Jones' blood-alcohol level was 0.076 at 11:55 p.m. and 0.079 at 11:59 p.m.—both were under the legal .08 percent. But, as the publication points out, drivers in Texas can still be arrested for driving while impaired even if they're under the legal limit.
"I'm not saying conspiracy here, not saying the police are at to get me at the local level," Jones said. "But, still, the level they had was below the law ... so there you go."
He continued: "The alcohol limit used to be three times of what it is now ... Here's the thing: Restaurants should not be allowed to sell alcohol if these laws continue. You shouldn't be able to serve somebody a beer if they drink that 16 ounce beer and walk out, they're gonna go to jail. So I call for all restaurants and bars to be shut down. Seriously. Because you can't go in one, have two beers, and then not go to jail. So hey, I'm ready for the mainstream attention."