The arraignment of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was held earlier today in Santa Ana, Calif with the former UFC light heavyweight champion pleading not guilty to felony counts of evading a peace officer and evading a peace officer against traffic, according to the Associated Press. He also reportedly pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run and reckless driving,
The AP is also stating that another court hearing has been scheduled for Jackson on Sept. 9 and that he is currently free on $25,000 bond.
Jackson had been formally charged with on Monday upon the completion of a six-week investigation by the Costa Mesa Police Department stemming from an alleged incident on July 15 in which Jackson is accused of leading law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase following a series of traffic crashes.
At the time of the incident, a spokesman with the Costa Mesa Police Department stated to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that there were no serious injuries sustained as a result of the crashes. However, a few days later the Daily Pilot reported that 38-year old Holli Griggs and her unborn child were hospitalized and had received treatment following the collision.
Several weeks later Griggs’ fiance revealed that she had miscarried.
Jackson appears to be in the clear of charges relating to the loss of Griggs’ unborn child. The Daily Pilot quoted a spokeswoman with the Orange County District Attorney’s office earlier this week that evidence shows that the collision with Jackson was not the cause of Griggs’ miscarriage.
“The evidence showed that [the crash] was in no way related to the loss of the fetus,” Orange County DA spokewoman Farrah Emami is quoted as saying. “There is no evidence that that was the case.”
As of now, Jackson’s return to the Octagon is uncertain. However, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was quoted in an interview with Brazilian website Tatame earlier this week as indicating that his next opponent could be Jackson in December.
“They said that I might fight with Quinton Jackson, but nothing has been signed yet,” Tatame quoted Rua as saying. “They (UFC) called me and offered a fight with him and I accepted, but they didn’t say anything else more”