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Charlotte police want to fire officer charged with assault

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has suspended officer David Jones III without pay and cited him for termination from the department as the result of an internal investigation Wednesday. 

Jones is charged with assaulting an accused drunk driver and has been suspended from his job multiple times before the alleged assault.

The recommendation from the internal investigation is that Jones be fired from the department, according to CMPD.

According to his record with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, Officer David Estele Jones III has been suspended five times since he was hired in September 2000.

Jones is accused of assaulting a drunk driver who crashed into his mother last week, police say.

Matthews Police say David Jones assaulted Richard McVicker, 38, after he rear-ended a car being driven by Bonita Jones, David's mother. The accident happened on December 7th in Matthews.

Jones' 8-year-old son and his 63-year-old mother were stopped in their vehicle at a red light when Jones rear-ended them, the report states.

Police say Bonita Jones called her son to come to the scene. He was nearby and got there before police did, and that's when the alleged assault happened.

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Jones turned himself in to the Magistrates Office Friday afternoon where he was booked and then released on a $1,500 bond.

Jones, an officer with CMPD's South Division, has been with the CMPD since September 27, 2000. He is currently on paid administrative leave pending a parallel criminal and internal investigation. 

According to Jones' record with CMPD, he has been suspended from his job five different times, the longest suspension lasting for one month.

Jones' first suspension was issued in August 2004, where he was suspended without pay for a week.

He was suspended twice in 2006 - in February he was suspended for one day without pay with actions suspended for one year if there were no further sustained violations. In August of the same year, he was suspended for one day without pay and one day suspension activated from his previous violation. He was given supervisor counseling "regarding a search and entry from a safety standpoint," the record shows.

It was in March 2010 that Jones was suspended for 240 hours, which translates into 30 days, without pay.

Two months ago, in October 2011, Jones was suspended without pay for eight hours with action suspended on year pending no additional sustained violations, written reprimand and counseling.

CMPD's records do not show what lead to any of Jones' suspensions.

The criminal investigation into the alleged assault last week is being conducted by the Matthews Police Department. Detectives with the CMPD Internal Affairs Division is conducting the department's internal investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information concerning the event is asked to call the Matthews Police Department Criminal Investigations at 704-847-7755.

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