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'Mad Men' Star Car Crash

The Plot Thickens

6/11/2010 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned January Jones' car accident is way more involved than we first heard ... and it may involve alcohol and even a special appearance by Bobby Flay.

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As we first reported Jones was driving home last night when her car struck 3 parked vehicles.  She left her license with a witness, walked a short distance to her home, called 911 and eventually returned to the scene.  Jones told cops paparazzi were following her and that's why she crashed. Cops did not administer a field sobriety test -- we were told because there was no evidence of alcohol.

But now we're getting a more involved story.  A woman who owns one of the cars that was hit tells TMZ ... she heard the crash, looked over her balcony and saw Jones.  She says around 10 minutes after the crash, Food Network star Bobby Flay showed up in a separate car, began talking with her and telling her to leave the scene, which she did. 

We spoke with Flay, who tells us he was watching the basketball game last night at The London West Hollywood Hotel with a group of people that included Jones.  Flay says he saw her drink a beer but wasn't really watching her alcohol intake.  Flay says he had only met Jones once before, and last night she asked for his number because she wanted to redo her kitchen and give his number to her designer.  Flay obliged, and says he doesn't know why Jones chose to call him after the crash, but nonetheless he drove over to help her.  He says he did not argue but just wanted to make sure she was ok.

The witness at the scene tells TMZ she was face-to-face with Jones and smelled alcohol on her breath.  The witness says Jones left her driver's license with another resident and left.  She returned 45 minutes later in a different set of clothes, chewing gum.

The witness says she asked cops if they were going to administer a field sobriety test, but a cop told her there was no point since she could have had a drink at home and there was no way of proving she was under the influence when she was behind the wheel.  Cops confirm there is no way to pin drinking and driving on someone who leaves the scene and comes back.

As for being chased by the paparazzi ... none of the witnesses we spoke with saw any photogs at the scene, and no pictures have surfaced that show the scene immediately after the crash.  The pics you see in this post were taken many hours later.

Jones' reps have not returned our calls.

UPDATE:  An LAPD spokesperson just told TMZ ... Jones was being followed by two paparazzi and it was not a case of hit-and-run, adding "She wasn't under the influence of anything.  No one got hurt.  There is no investigation."

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dd    

Why do wealthy people drink and drive I'm sure a limo or taxi service could have been provided by the hotel..I guess Bobby has a lot of explaining to do to his wife.

1541 days ago
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pammie8    

She made the decision to leave! Bobby Flay didnt force her too! If she had beer on her breathe then shame on the cops for not doing a brethalizer!

1541 days ago
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Paula    

Stupid...all the way around...

1541 days ago
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hotbitch    

I assumed she was drunk from the beginning. Who leaves the scene of an accident if they don't have anything to hide?? I think she's ****ing Bobby Flay or else he'd have no reason to be there or argue with someone he doesn't know. I believe his wife is an actress, too. Also, January Jones is NOT popular enough for the paps to run her down....period.

1541 days ago
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Melody    

Lesson learned: If I've crashed my car after drinking, run home, have another drink, and return to the scene.

1541 days ago
6.

canspell    

maybe edit your story before you post it. you don't even use the right words. learn how to talk before you start typing.

1541 days ago
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raven    

OMG...January, love love her...be nice to her. She asked for help, good for her. She returned to the scene, good for her. You can not be sure the phothogs were not the problem. January would not lie. Does she have any friends or male friend out there in wonderland? Take care of her and be nice to our little January girl.

1541 days ago
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Jana    

I'm going to be so bummed if it turns out Bobby Flay is having an affair with her. He and his wife have always seemed so happy together.

1541 days ago
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Sociopaths are Sad    

Wouldn't it be funny if JJ were having an affair with Bobby Flay?



Wouldn't it be interesting if JJ crashed into those cars b/c she was drunk, called her lover Bobby Flay who sagely informed her to leave her licence at the scene and flee the scene and come back later knowing that if she did that there would be no field sobriety test and it wouldn't be a hit and run since she left her papers?



That Bobby Flay sure is a sneaky fellow. He knows all sorts of tricks.

1541 days ago
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Kathy    

Just because there were no pics of the accident doesn't meet the paparazzi weren't following her. If the pics were published and January accused them of causing the accident they could be held libel and sued. No surprise there weren't any pics published.

1541 days ago
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Mary Ann    

(Yawn)
Why bother? They'll both get off with a slap on the wrist.

1541 days ago
12.

Amy    

'Cops confirm there is no way to pin drinking on driving one someone who leaves the scene and comes back.'



Proof read TMZ....geez :)

1541 days ago
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please    

That probably explains the walk of shame.

1541 days ago
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JLS    

Bobby Flay has NO explaining to his wife. Sheesh, he met this woman, tried to help her at the scene of an accident. That's it. How is it Poser dd thinks that's an indicator of a feck. Honestly, I've never seen a bigger leap in facts.



Bobby Flay is a very straight up guy. He isn't interested in crap like this.

1541 days ago
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Indiana    

Don't care, unless it was my car and then I would be up her insurance company's ASS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

1541 days ago
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