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Man identified as Jon Jones allegedly fled on foot from accident scene; marijuana found in car

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

A man identified as Jon Jones allegedly fled the scene of a car accident on foot and marijuana was later found in what is believed to be Jones' rental car, according to a police report obtained by MMAFighting.com.

The UFC light heavyweight champion is the suspect in a three-car, hit-and-run accident that took place Sunday morning in Albuquerque, N.M., MMAFighting.com reported Sunday. The Albuquerque Police Department is still seeking Jones for questioning and has been unable to contact him. New details emerged in the police report Monday morning.

Witnesses said the driver who started the accident exited his vehicle, then went back to grab a "large handful of cash." The man was described as African American and wearing a white shirt with dark pants. He allegedly ran north from the accident scene and hopped a fence. Officers were unable to find him.

Inside the man's vehicle, a silver Buick SUV, police found a marijuana pipe with marijuana in it and "paperwork belonging to a Jonathan Jones, which had MMA information on it from the state of Nevada," the report stated. There was also Enterprise rental car paperwork inside the vehicle. Several phone calls placed to Jones at the time were unsuccessful.

An off-duty police officer identified the man fleeing the vehicle as Jones, the MMA fighter, according to the report. The off-duty officer also described the man as wearing a white shirt with dark pants. He saw him run up a dirt hill.

The driver whose car was initially hit, a pregnant woman in her 20s, was taken to the hospital, because she felt like "she was going to pass out," the report stated. The woman said she was struck by the vehicle believed to be driven by Jones after it ran a red light. Police said Sunday that she has minor injuries. The crash took place Sunday morning before noon.

Albuquerque PD spokesman Tanner Tixier confirmed with MMAFighting.com on Monday morning that police still have not heard from Jones nor his lawyer. No charges have been brought against Jones currently.

"We are currently following up with the victim to check on her health status," Tixier said. ... "We need to confirm the severity of the injuries before we file charges."

Jones is scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas. The UFC released the following statement Sunday night:

"We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available."