Drugs, Alcohol Not A Factor In Jackson Arrest

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Earlier today, I reported that TMZ reported that former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was arrested and charged with a felony charge; according to Luke Thomas of Bloody Elbow and confirmed by Lt. Paul Dondero of the Costa Mesa Police Department, there was no evidence of alcohol or drug use by Jackson at the time of his arrest.  Despite the wild nature of the incident, the Costa Mesa police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were factors.  You can download the official press release here.  Or conversely, you can read the copy below which has fewer details:

A Motor Officer was monitoring traffic at the intersection of Newport Blvd and Broadway.  He saw Jackson driving sound bound weaving in and out of traffic, with a flat front left tire speaking on his cell phone.  The Motor Officer activated his lights and siren and initiated a traffic stop.  Jackson ignored the Motor Officer and continued south bound on 17th weaving in and out of traffic to avoid being stopped. 

Jackson drove over the raised center portion of the roadway at Cabrillo Ave.  He lost control and drove up onto the sidewalk causing pedestrians to flee for their lives.  Jackson regained control and continued southbound in the northbound lanes of Newport Blvd.  As he crossed through the intersection with 17th St, he collided with a vehicle legally in the intersection.  Jackson continued south bound on Newport Blvd running several red lights.  The rubber from his left tire began to disintegrate at the PCH overpass.  Jackson continued southbound onto the Balboa Peninsula running several more red lights, causing pedestrians to flee in terror.  Jackson’s vehicle finally came to a stop at 18th St and Newport Blvd in the city of Newport Beach.  Jackson was taken into custody by Costa Mesa Officers without incident.

Jackson was transported to the Costa Mesa City Jail and booked for; Felony Evading, Reckless Driving and Hit and Run.  He was transported to the Orange County Jail and is being held in lieu of a $25,000.00 bail.

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