Jackson Arrested on a ‘Rampage’
UFC light heavyweight sensation Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
(Pictures) was arrested Tuesday by
Costa Mesa police officers following a high-speed pursuit through
the Californian suburbs from Costa Mesa to Newport Beach. Jackson
was arrested on Felony Evading, Reckless Driving and Hit-and-Run
charges and was processed Tuesday afternoon at the Costa Mesa Jail
with bail set at $25,000.
Jackson was observed weaving his gray and green Ford pick-up truck
in and out of traffic on a flat front tire while talking on his
cell phone, according to a release from the Costa Mesa police
department. An officer on motorcycle attempted to pull Jackson over
but the fighter continued driving south on 17th St and over a
center divider at Cabrillo Ave. in what became a chase with local
authorities around 1:30 p.m.
Authorities said Jackson drove through red lights and onto the
sidewalk on multiple occasions, "causing pedestrians to flee in
terror." Jackson collided with a vehicle at the 17th St.
intersection and continued driving on an exposed tire rim. The
fighter was later linked to and charged for two other collisions on
the southbound 55 freeway prior to the pursuit.
Sherdog.com has learned that Jackson was en route to training
partner's residence and gave himself up to authorities outside his
final destination at 18th St. and Newport Blvd.
"It was reported to me by the arresting officers that Jackson was
cooperative and respectful [at the time of arrest], but upset,"
said Costa Mesa watch commander Lt. Paul Dondero.
A maestro with the sound byte, former Pride Fighting Championship
star Jackson (27-8) has been one of the UFC's richer acquisitions
in recent years. The extroverted 30-year-old smashed promotion
favorite Chuck Liddell
(Pictures) at UFC 71 to garner the
light heavyweight title in May 2007. Jackson defended the crown
once before a dropping a hotly contested unanimous decision to
(Pictures) at UFC 86 "Jackson vs.
Griffin" in Las Vegas on July 5. Jackson and Griffin had previously
traded verbal barbs as rival coaches on Spike TV's "The Ultimate
Fighter 7" before meeting in the Octagon.
Photos released by TMZ.com show the former champion face down on
the street outside the house during his arrest. It appears Jackson
was directed to exit his truck at gunpoint.
Multiple attempts to reach Jackson's manager, Juanito Ibarra, were
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