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Jon Jones

Swore He's a Responsible Driver

... 3 Weeks Before Crash

4/27/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon Jones made an interesting video just 3 weeks ago ... telling his fans his days of being reckless behind the wheel were LONG OVER ... and he's a much more "mature" driver now. 

In the video, the UFC champ told his fans he was thinking about getting a brand new lightning fast Corvette ... the first fast car since he wrecked his Bentley in his 2012 DUI crash.  

"I've matured a lot since the Bentley," Jones said at the time ... "May not seem like it .. but I have people, I promise."

Just 3 weeks after the video, Jones allegedly crashed ANOTHER car and injured a pregnant woman in a hit and run incident in New Mexico. Cops say there was weed in Jones' vehicle. 

Jon Jones

Drugs Found In Crash Car

4/27/2015 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Investigators found marijuana and a marijuana pipe inside the car that Jon Jones allegedly abandoned moments after a hit and run crash in New Mexico ... cops say. 

TMZ Sports has obtained the police report ... in which cops say witnesses saw a man believed to be the UFC champ run from the crash scene moments after slamming into a car carrying  a pregnant woman. 

One witness says Jones got out of his silver Buick and ran into the hills -- before slouching over and darting back to the car to grab a "large handful of cash." 

After that, witnesses say Jones jumped a nearby fence and ran off.  

As for the initial crash, cops say Jones ran a red light ... and slammed into the pregnant woman's car. The woman told responders she felt like she was going to pass out. She was taken to a nearby hospital. 

Cops tried multiple times to contact Jones -- but were unable to reach the UFC superstar.  

Story developing ... 

Jon Jones Investigation

Cop ID'd UFC Star

Running from Crash Scene

4/27/2015 7:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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An off-duty police officer says he witnessed a man he believed to be Jon Jones fleeing from a hit and run crash -- ON FOOT -- moments after the accident ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The Albuquerque Police Dept. tells us ... the suspect literally ran from the scene Sunday morning moments after the collision, which injured a 20-year-old pregnant woman

We're told an off-duty police officer happened to be in the area ... and told investigators he watched a man flee the scene ... a man who he believed to be Jon Jones. 

BTW -- Jones is 6'4" and 205 pounds. 

Cops tell us they searched the suspect's vehicle -- a rental car -- and found documents with Jon's name on them. 

We're told cops have still not spoken with Jones -- but say he's still a person of interest in the investigation. 

Jon Jones

Suspect In Hit & Run

Pregnant Woman Injured

4/26/2015 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0426-jon-jones-GETTY-01UFC superstar Jon Jones has now been named a suspect in a hit and run crash ... in which a 20-year- old pregnant woman was hospitalized ... the Albuquerque Police Dept. tells TMZ Sports

A rep for the APD says ... Jon is "wanted for questioning" in regards to a crash that occurred Sunday morning in New Mexico. The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries.

We've reached out to the UFC for comment -- so far, no word back.

There were rumors on social media that drugs were involved in the wreck -- but cops wouldn't say anything about that at this point.

The UFC says it is aware of the investigation -- and is actively trying to gather information.

John Larroquette

Alleged Crash Victim ...

His Insurance Co. Is Screwing Me

4/26/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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John Larroquette Crash Victim"Night Court" star John Larroquette was involved in a brutal car accident that severely injured a reality TV star, who claims he can't get no satisfaction ... from John or his insurance company. 

The alleged victim is Joe Meinwieser -- a tattoo artist on Oxygen's "Tattoos After Dark" -- and his list of injuries are horrific: broken ribs, fractured spine, fractured hand, and loss of half his kidney.

Meinwieser claims Larroquette made an illegal turn out of a Venice, CA parking lot in December -- smashing into him and his motorcycle. 

0423-sub-joe-meinswieser-twitter-01Police investigated, and law enforcement sources tell us it's unlikely JL will face criminal charges.

That's not sitting well with Joe -- who claims Larroquette promised to cover his medical expenses ... but the actor's insurance company won't pay up. He says he can't work, and his unpaid medical bills are mounting. 

Unclear if Larroquette is aware of Meinwieser's situation. We've made multiple attempts to contact him, but his people aren't responding. Joe says his next move will be a lawsuit.

Lance Armstrong

Ice Driving Was a Bad Idea

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4/25/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lance Armstrong is not an idiot ... he knows he screwed up in Aspen last year -- and now, he's finally talking about it. 

Armstrong appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" this week to talk about why he's participating in Bo Jackson's "Bo Bikes Bama" charity ride on May 2nd. 

During the conversation, Lance talked about how much Bo's support has meant to him during some of his tougher times. He also talked about spin class and beer pong. 

That's when he brought up the incident in Aspen -- where he pled guilty to careless driving after crashing into two parked cars back in December. 

It's the first time he's mentioned the incident ... and he took total responsibility.

Check out the clip. 

Dan Bilzerian

Defaces NASCAR Vehicle

4/24/2015 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0424-dan-bilzerian-nascar-TMZ-01Dan Bilzerian is new face of NASCAR ... well, at least for one race ... 'cause the billionaire playboy's grill will be on the front hood of a car competing in Saturday's Sprint Cup Race ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

So, how the hell did he make that happen? Dan's a huge poker player --and he recently beat the snot out of BK Racing owner Ron Devine.

But instead of forcing Ron to pay up in cash, Dan wanted to go all Ricky Bobby ... so he made a deal to get his mug plastered on one of Ron's NASCAR whips, which will be competing at Richmond International Speedway.  

The final product is hilarious ... with Dan's giant bearded face right on the front of Matt DiBenedetto's #83 car. He also added a sticker of Dan's pet goat Zeus to the rear for good measure. 

Baaaaaaad ass. 

#GoatJoke

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'American Horror Story' Star

Seriously Injured in Drunk Driver Crash

4/23/2015 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0423_dalton_gray_drunk_driver_injuries_launchDalton Gray -- the actor who played Master Mike on "American Horror Story: Freak Show" -- was nearly blinded after an alleged drunk driver plowed into a car he was riding in last weekend.

According to his rep, Dalton -- who also played young Harry in "Dumb and Dumber To" -- was a passenger in his friend's car late Saturday night in Katy, Texas ... when another vehicle t-boned them. 17-year-old Dalton shattered his hip/pelvis and his femur. He also suffered horrific cuts to his face, and some serious eye trauma.

The damage was so bad, doctors had to reconstruct the right side of his face and remove glass from his eye but we're told his vision will recover. Police arrested the alleged drunk driver and as of now, he's currently still in jail.

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Gray is the 2nd AHS cast member to be struck by a car in the last few months. Ben Woolf was struck by an SUV while crossing a street in February ... and eventually died from his injuries.

Robbie Knievel

Busted For DUI

After 4-Car Wreck

4/22/2015 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robbie Knievel DUIRobbie Knievel has said he's a frickin' drinking, driving daredevil ... and cops believe he's stayed true to his word -- he's been busted for a felony DUI.

According to law enforcement ... Knievel -- the son of the legendary Evel Knievel -- caused a brutal 4-car pile up on a Montana road and fled the scene Tuesday night after blazing around drunk as a skunk ... no injuries were reported.

Knievel was rounded up by cops within a block of the crash standing outside his vehicle and allegedly smelling like booze but he refused the breathalyzer and they hauled him in for a blood test.

As you may recall ... Robbie was busted back in 2013 for blowing 3x the legal limit in South Dakota and came on TMZ Live, unapologetically admitting he was a full-blown alcoholic.

As of Wednesday morning he was still in police custody.


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Lady Gaga

Can't Charm a Cop

She Got Wrote Up!!!

4/18/2015 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lady Gaga is popular with just about everyone ... except cops, because she got nailed in WeHo.

Gaga was at Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant Pump on Santa Monica Blvd. Friday around 11 PM.  It took a long time for her to wade through the crowd ... just long enough for an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy to write her driver up.

The nature of the ticket is unclear, but we think the Rolls was parking in a drop-off area and it was there too long.

The cop's clearly a Katy Perry fan.

Video Vixen K Diamond

I Was Held Hostage in a Lyft!!!

4/17/2015 11:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:15 PM PT -- A rep for Lyft tells TMZ drivers are obligated to return belongings to passengers and that it is against policy for a driver to request cash from passengers for any reason. They have not yet received a formal complaint about the incident but are standing by to assist and support her in any way. Passenger safety is the company's first priority.

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A video vixen claims she was kidnapped by a Lyft driver and taken on a ride a là "The French Connection."

K Diamond claims she hired a Lyft -- in case you don't know, it's a company like Uber -- to take her home early Friday morning from an event in Atlanta. 

Diamond says she was safely deposited at home but shortly after walking in the door she realized she had left her $400 set of Beats by Dre headphones in the backseat.

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She contacted the driver and 30 minutes later got a call from him. He said he'd gladly return ... for $20.

This is where things get hinky. Diamond told police she only had $5 cash, but didn't fess up to the driver on the phone. When he arrived, he rolled down the window and asked for the $20 spot. She says she put her hand in the window with the $5 bill, and apparently he got pissed and rolled the window up on her arm.

She says she then opened the car door and he rolled down the window, but as she grabbed for the headphones she says he took off with the passenger door open. She says her legs were flailing in the air as the car sped off, with her inside.

She says she was trying to stop the car by throwing it into park, grabbing the wheel, honking the horn ... all to no avail. Eventually he took her back home and she says when she got out the driver threw the headphones at her and left.

Diamond has filed a police report claiming false imprisonment. Cops are investigating.

We contacted Lyft ... so far, no word back.

Lady Antebellum

Tour Bus Bursts Into Flames

4/16/2015 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_barGarland PD tells TMZ the fire was caused when the right front tire on the bus blew out.update_grey_gray_barLady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott had to flee from her tour bus when the whole thing went up in flames Thursday morning in Texas.

The group was heading to Dallas for the Country Music Awards when the fire broke out. Hillary says it started when one of the bus' back tires lit up.

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Hillary says she was on board with her husband, tour manager and driver -- but they all managed to get off safely. Firefighters are still on scene clearing up debris from the interstate.

Still unclear why the tire caught on fire -- and authorities haven't confirmed that's what really caused the blaze. 

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Meek Mill

Dares Car Dealer to Sue ...

Y'all Still Selling Shaaady Rides!!

4/15/2015 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Meek Mill Sued Car DealerMeek Mill kept it so gangsta when a high-end car dealer threatened to sue him for dissing the guy's biz on social media -- he's now been sued .... still, Meek's response to the dealer was hysterical.

As we first told you ... Euro Motor Sport owner Gene Morales got majorly bent when Meek went on Instagram and accused the South Fla. dealer of "selling expensive cars with salvaged titles and lemons." Meek also called him a thief.

Gene sent the rapper a letter demanding he delete the post or else -- but Meek chose to double down. According to legal docs, Meek fired back in an email ... "You guys still selling cars with salvaged titles. Shaaaaaaaaaady."

It's funny, but keeping it THAT 100 got Meek slapped with a defamation lawsuit. 

Meek's lawyers must've told him to tone it down, since the IG is now gone. It's unclear when he deleted it, but nonetheless .... the lawsuit has been filed.

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