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Quinton Jackson taken into police custody on Wednesday and sent for mental evaluation; new details about Tuesday arrest emerge

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TMZ.com was the first to report that former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was taken into custody by law enforcement officials on Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. PT. FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted the Irvine Police Department Thursday afternoon in order to verify TMZ’s report and attempt to obtain more details.

Lt. Rick Handfield confirmed that the reports were and stated that Jackson was near his residence when friends of his flagged down law enforcement officials after they became concerned about Jackson following several statements that he had made.

According to Lt. Handfield, Jackson was cooperative after being approached by the police. After speaking with Jackson, the police decided to take Jackson to a local hospital for a mental evaluation.

When asked by FiveOuncesOfPain.com whether Jackson had been arrested, Handfield stated that he had not. He also indicated that the police could not reveal what hospital he had been taken to or offer any updates on the status of Jackson’s current medical condition.

Jackson was originally arrested on Tuesday by Costa Mesa Police Department officials on charges of felony evading, hit-and-run, and reckless driving. He was released on $25,000 bail.

Based on information obtained through Costa Mesa Police Officials, this site reported that there were no serious injuries as a result of Jackson’s alleged conduct. However, the Daily Pilot is now reporting conflicting information.

According to the Daily Pilot, Holli Griggs, 38, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was driving her 2007 Cadillac Escalade in the left lane on the southbound 55 freeway just south of Bay Street when Jackson’s green-and-gray monster truck sideswiped her as it continued down the freeway at 45 mph.

Griggs’ injuries were described as minor in the article, however, she did require medical care as a local hospital. She also informed the paper through e-mail communications that she is 16 1/2 weeks pregnant. Griggs indicated she was not sure of the extent of the injuries sustained by her and her unborn child.

The article also reveals that Jackson was never given a field sobriety test because they felt he did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A voicemail left for Jackson’s trainer and manager, Juanito Ibarra, was not immediately returned.

18 COMMENTS
  • matt says:

    my friends mom was acting the same as rampage in that interview. they were poor and she was all god this, god that, went out and bought a mustang and then we never saw them again. definitely mental problems here. he doesnt need to be punished, he needs medical treatment. if the meds are making him crazy, he should be smoking blunts. thats what works for me

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  • Danny says:

    i dont know what’s goin on with rampage but he’s definitely not ok in the head. i can understand why he may battling depression. prior to the fight with griffin, rampage was slowly becoming the face of the ufc. people loved his humor and his personality. he went from being the guy chuck was supposed to KO to a guy auditioning 4 the a-team. he was on the verge of superstardom. and then it came all crashing down 4 him. i cant say this with certainty but i can assume that he wasnt getting as many phone calls as he was if u know what i mean.

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  • ACK! says:

    I’ve seen people mention a potential manic-depressive/bipolar disorder and I think that’s a real possibility. People going through a manic phase are unrelatable and often uncontrollable–believe me, I know all too well. If this is the case, I really feel for Rampage and his family.

    I sincerely hope for the best.

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    If Rampage is bipolar, there should be a past history of erratic behavior. It usually manifests earlier in life, and most people who suffer from it go off their meds at least occasionally and chaos ensues. If there isn’t a past history, there are other potential explanations including substances. Either way I hope his friends like Juanito rally to him. Whether or not he wants it or wants to admit it, Rampage needs their help.

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  • TMCAC says:

    I have a family member who had a similar incident when he had his first Bi-polar episode as they are referred to. In his case he fly cross country and was acting odd enough on the plane that when it landed the police asked if he would volunteer to go with them for an evaluation. Its standard opperating procedures for an individual to be deemed, “a risk to themself and/or to others” so that medical care can be expediated.

    Bi-polar and other common mental conditions are just that, conditions. They can be treated quite efficiently with modern medications. Another family member was diagnosed with type II diabeties around the same time and the two comment that managing their respective conditions are really quite similar.

    I’m happy to hear Quniton was willing to seek medical attention on the advice of friends and the authorities. Such conditions are vastly misunderstood by most Americans so its good to see he took the first steps to handling his condition, whatever it may be.

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  • JoHn says:

    TMCAC #5 , what do you mean by this comment,,,Such conditions are vastly misunderstood by most Americans so its good to see he took the first steps to handling his condition, whatever it may be.

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  • matt says:

    #2 i disagree. i dont believe losing the fight to forrest derailed quinton from stardom. i dont think hes any less famous than he was. he would still draw just as many, if not more ppv buys than ufc 86. basically the only thing he lost was the belt that he will soon gain back.

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  • TMCAC says:

    Mental illness is just what it’s called, an illness. Its physical, not psychological. I don’t know what illness Quinton might be effected by, but it sure sounds like a bi-polar episode which is something I am familar with.

    Popular opinion on mental illness in America tends towards asking those afflicted with such illnesses to “try harder” have more “mentally discipline” and such when in fact chemical balances in our brian chemistry are more responsible for odd behaviors such as Quinton has been demonstrating rather than a lack of discipline.

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  • ACK! says:

    Rampage is in his late twenties, right?

    That is the exact age where manic episodes start to intensify from minor mood changes to full-blown fiascos. Now, bipolar is pretty misunderstood as was stated, but it doesn’t generally manifest before being well into adulthood. In fact, bipolar cases are often misdiagnosed earlier in life because they are depressed without being manic, or vice versa.

    Take my uncle, for example, he was happily married with three kids until right around 30 took his stuff and tried to run off with another woman who didn’t want anything to do with him. For an entire summer he created a living hell for his family and everyone around him until he was finally commited and diagnosed with bipolar.

    He takes his meds now, but every once in awhile something will still set him off (like crushing pressure or stress) into another manic episode.

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  • […] Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, on the heels of a bizarre hit and run incident and police chase, has been detained by police once again and taken to a local hospital in Irvine, California after reportedly exhibiting “unusal behavior.” It’s important to note that this is not a considered an arrest. […]

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  • JollyDV says:

    I have no idea what is wrong with Rampage, but hope that help is just around the corner.

    As for all the bi-polar professionals posting here, STOP! Only pieces of your info are correct.

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  • Brackett says:

    # 1 matt

    “my friends mom was acting the same as rampage in that interview. they were poor and she was all god this, god that, went out and bought a mustang and then we never saw them again. definitely mental problems here. he doesnt need to be punished, he needs medical treatment. if the meds are making him crazy, he should be smoking blunts. thats what works for me”

    Thats what works for me as well. Hell I wouldn’t be able to work out if I didn’t have a Jay after.

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  • Nick Merra says:

    Rampage – go away, seek help and dont fight again until you get your life together.

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  • HexRei says:

    I’m sure he will see your post and give your advice serious consideration, Nick.

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  • mo says:

    It is funny how bi-polar is the flavor of the month for mental health diagnosis. I am not going to try and diagnose Rampage from this report, but I am sure the mental evaluation he was called in for was not because he was “sad”. Then police would only pick Rampage up for a 302 if he was suicidal. now people hear this and think Rampage is crazy, but there are a ton of things that could lead to this. I am betting that the medical eval. he had while in custody the other day was for psychological reasons.

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  • ACK! says:

    #16: You obviously don’t realize how common bipolar is. Moreover, those with the disorder generally experience manic phases during the summer or due to overwhelming pressure or stress.

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  • mo says:

    #17, I did not mean to offend, but i have worked the mental health field for sometime, and i see axis I diagnosis’ range all over the board daily. bipolar just seems to be the flavor of the month, the same ADD/ADHD was 5-10 years ago, etc. Not to get off too much on a tangent, but i think some psychiatrist lean toward a bipolar disorder if the assessment is not clear. not taking anything away from the severity of the disorder, just an observation of the mental health field and the influences that the general public has on it.

    You seem knowledgeable with the disorder, and i think we are on the same page of realizing the severity of the situation (police will not bring someone in likethis unless they are suicidal or an obvious threat to do serious harm to someone else) and the hope that Rampage gets appropriate treatment. I guarantee he will be a better man and a better fighter if this works out well for him. now that i say this let’s hope that our inclinations are correct on Rampage.

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