Costa Mesa Police Lieutenant Paul Dondero confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was arrested on felony charges of evading, hit and run, and reckless driving in Newport Beach on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1:35 p.m. PT.
“There were several collisions involved,” Lt. Dondero stated as he revealed the details of Jackson’s arrest to Five Ounces of Pain. “The first two occurred on the 55 freeway. The highway patrol was investigating those. Mr. Jackson fled from those and was first observer by a Costa Mesa motor officer driving with one flat tire while talking on a cell phone and weaving in and out of traffic. He tried to make a stop with lights and siren and Mr. Jackson ignored that and continued South on Newport Boulevard. weaving in and out of traffic and at one point crossing over to the Northbound side. At one point he was on the sidewalk and got into another collision at 17th Street and Newport Boulevard. He continued Southbound into Newport Beach running red lights and finally he came to a stop on the Balboa Peninsula and was taken into custody.”
According to Lt. Dondero, as of 7:48 p.m. ET Jackson was still in police custody. Jackson’s bail has been set at $25,000 and he was in the process of being booked through the Orange County jail.
Lt. Dondero indicated that there were no serious injuries as a result of the collisions.
Jackson last competed at UFC 86 on July 5 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. In that fight, he dropped a five-round unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin, losing the UFC light heavyweight title to Griffin in the process.