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Guv hopeful Jones had DUI conviction in 2006

(Photo from Christine Jones twitter profile)

(Photo from Christine Jones twitter profile)

Gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones was convicted of drunk driving in 2006.

According to Phoenix Municipal Court records, a jury convicted Jones of driving under the influence “to the slightest degree” and driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or more. Both charges were Class 1 misdemeanors.

Jones, 45, spent one day in county jail and paid nearly $1,200 in fines, according to court records. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail, but nine of those days were suspended after she completed an alcohol screening program.

The conviction stemmed from an April 2004 arrest. The original case against Jones was dismissed in 2005 and appears to have been re-filed shortly afterward.

Jones’ middle name is Newman, but court records identify her as Christine Elizabeth Jones at the time of the case. Court records show that Christine Elizabeth Jones legally changed her name in 2009.

The revelation of the arrest could be a hindrance to Jones’ campaign. Jones, a former executive with the Internet domain name company GoDaddy, is seeking the Republican nomination in the 2014 gubernatorial race.

Jones called the incident a mistake that she regretted.

“I was pulled over in 2004 and charged with DUI. There was no one in the car with me at the time, there was no accident and fortunately no one was hurt. I went to court and paid my dues like everyone else.  It is a mistake that I very much regret and I am not proud of that night. We are all human and I learned a hard lesson and have never had another incident since then,” Jones said in an email to the Arizona Capitol Times.

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