Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (left) is interviewed by Joe Rogan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Update 9:21 PM: When contacted by MMA on Tap earlier tonight, Costa Mesa Police Department Lieutenant Paul Dondero confirmed Jackson’s arrest earlier today just outside of Newport Beach.
“Mr. Jackson was arrested and has been transported to Orange County Central Booking where he remains in custody,” Dondero said. “He’s been charged with violations of felony hit-and-run, evading police, and reckless driving at the moment. Bail has been set at $25,000.”
It’s unknown at this time whether or not Jackson was able to make bail. Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports reports that UFC President Dana White flew to California upon learning of the arrest and was intending on driving to the county jail to post bail for Jackson. More details on the situation are expected to come out over the coming days.
Ridiculous breaking news out of California concerning former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. He’s reportedly been arrested after leading Newport Beach police on a high-speed chase.
TMZ.com is reporting that Jackson sped away from the scene of a car accident that he was in. Eventually police caught up to him and he voluntarily stopped and was arrested. Potential charges include evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident, both felonies.
The Daily Pilot has a recap of what transpired:
The driver of a lifted, gray pick-up truck left crashed cars, shredded tires and sparks in his wake this afternoon when he led police on a short pursuit from the southbound 55 freeway exit onto Newport Boulevard where he hit at least three cars, police officials said.
The driver, whom police could not immediately identify, hit two cars at 19th Street and Newport Boulevard, then drove away at about 1:13 p.m., said Lt. Paul Dondero. A Costa Mesa police officer saw the driver southbound approaching 17th Street and tried to pull him over, police said. There, he hit at least one more car before continuing to run, now heading south toward the Balboa Peninsula, Dondero said. Some time after that, the truck blew a tire but continued to drive on its rims, Dondero said.
Much more on this. Stay tuned.