by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Following Tuesday’s arrest after a dramatic car chase, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was released on bail overnight from the Costa Mesa Police Department in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Jackson was arrested under suspicion of felony evading, hit-and-run and reckless driving. He was allegedly involved in several collisions with other vehicles and even driving the wrong direction on Newport Boulevard in Newport Beach after having crossed over a median in attempts to evade police. A Costa Mesa police report indicates that he allegedly drove through several stoplights, causing pedestrians to flee out of the way.
Photos posted on the celebrity news and gossip website TMZ.com, show a custom gray pick-up sporting Jackson’s image and sponsor logos, as Jackson was arrested Tuesday at gun point, laying face down on the roadway.
Reports overnight stated that Jackson had been deemed medically unfit for booking and taken to a hospital in Orange County. Sgt. Chamberlin of the Costa Mesa Police Department, however, told MMAWeekly.com, “(Jackson) was deemed medically fit to be booked at our jail here at Costa Mesa.”
Whether or not Jackson had been taken to a hospital to get that clearance is not clear. Sgt. Chamberlin said, “That is not information that we normally release.”
He did confirm that, “(Jackson) was booked here and released on bail.”
Lt. Paul Dondero of the Costa Mesa Police Department on Tuesday stated that bail for Jackson had been set at $25,000.
Information on who posted bail was not released, but a report from Kevin Iole and Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports yesterday indicated that Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White, upon hearing of the arrest, immediately got a plane and flew to Orange County to arrange bail.
Jackson defeated Chuck Liddell for the UFC light heavyweight title in May of 2007. He held that title for more than a year, until losing it recently at UFC 86 in Las Vegas by unanimous decision to current champion Forrest Griffin.