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Jackson pleads guilty

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has pleaded guilty to one felony count of evading police and one misdemeanor count of driving recklessly as part of a plea deal with the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

Jackson made headlines in July 15, 2008 when he led police on a high speed chase from Costa Mesa to Newport in California.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion reportedly hit several cars, ran numerous red lights and nearly hit pedestrians as he drove onto the sidewalk while evading police.

Toxicology tests conducted on Jackson following the incident indicated that he was not under the influence of any form of controlled substance at the time.

It has been reported that medical experts have determined that Jackson was suffering from delirium during the time of the offense. Delirium is defined as temporary state of mental confusion and fluctuating consciousness resulting from high fever, intoxication, shock, or other causes. It is characterized by anxiety, disorientation, hallucinations, delusions, and incoherent speech.

Jackson would have faced a possible three years in prison had he decided to not accept the plea deal.

As part of his plea deal Jackson will have to perform 200 hours of community service, pay restitution and take part in mental health evaluations. He could still face a possible six months in jail if he does not complete these court ordered requirements by his sentencing date that is scheduled for January 7th, 2010.