Jackson Arraignment Postponed
The arraignment of former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton
“Rampage” Jackson (Pictures), scheduled for Friday, has been
postponed pending further investigation into his July 15 arrest in
Costa Mesa, Calif.
Jackson was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, reckless
driving and hit-and-run charges following a chase by authorities
that saw elite fighter’s Ford pick-up truck bounce off other
vehicles, jump street medians and swerve onto sidewalks, which
“caused pedestrians to flee in terror,” according to a Costa Mesa
police department report.
“The district attorney’s office is responsible for filing charges
and that case is still under investigation based on some new
evidence that has been discovered,” said Farrah Emami, spokesperson
for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Emami said Jackson, 30, would be notified of a new court appearance
date once charges have been filed. Emami could not provide a
timeline as to when the district attorney’s office, in conjunction
with the Costa Mesa police department, would complete its initial
The outspoken Jackson, who shot to celebrity status with his
first-round knockout of light heavyweight king Chuck Liddell
(Pictures) at UFC 71 in May 2007, was also
involved in two separate collisions on the 55 Freeway prior to his
pursuit through Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Holly Griggs, 38, of
Huntington Beach, was reportedly sideswiped by Jackson in her 2007
Escalade vehicle, and has since miscarried a 16-week pregnancy.
“There were different incidents that occurred in different
jurisdictions. There was Highway Patrol, there was Costa Mesa,
there was Newport Beach. We’re looking at all of this as one
potential case,” said Emami. “The recommendations of the police are
taken into consideration, but it could be more charges or less
charges, depending on what the evidence reports.”
Jackson was released on $25,000 bail on July 15, but was detained
by police the next day following reports of erratic behavior by his
friends and acquaintances, who had congregated at the fighter’s
home in Irvine. Jackson was placed under a 72-hour mental
observation at a local hospital and was later released.
The Memphis native made his first public appearance at a pre-fight
press conference for UFC 87 at the Mall of America in Minneapolis
last Thursday. Flanked by UFC President Dana White, a lighthearted
Jackson was cheered on by an enthusiastic audience.
“Everybody goes though a little something,” Jackson told the crowd.
“UFC’s got my back. I’m doing good.”
White said Jackson’s behavior was caused by exhaustion,
dehydration, and “delirium,” following the fighter’s five-round
decision title loss to Forrest
Griffin (Pictures) at UFC 86 a week before the
“He hung out in Vegas for a week,” said White. “He was hanging out
by the pool and he was fasting, and he wasn’t drinking, he wasn’t
eating. And he was drinking energy drinks.”
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