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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson Faces Felony Charges


The AP has the basics:

Prosecutors are charging former mixed martial arts light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson with felony evasion, reckless driving and driving against traffic after a series of collisions last month.

The Orange County district attorney said Monday that Jackson also faces misdemeanor hit and run and reckless driving charges.

MMA Weekly has more details:

The 30-year-old Jackson has been charged with one felony count of evading while driving recklessly, one felony count of evading a peace officer and driving against traffic, three misdemeanor counts of hit and run with property damage, and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28. Deputy District Attorney Keith Bogardus will request a $25,000 bail for the fighter.

Notably absent were charges related to Holli Griggs, a passenger in one of the cars that Jackson sideswiped. Griggs was 16 weeks pregnant with a boy when she miscarried two weeks after the incident. Orange County DA spokeswoman Farrah Emami told that a subsequent investigation of the miscarriage did not implicate Jackson.

"We reviewed all the medical records and spoke with the victim’s physician, and the evidence showed that the loss of the fetus was not related to or a result of the crash caused by the defendant," Emami said.

I'm particularly relieved to see that there's apparently nothing to the charge that Rampage caused a woman to miscarry. That aspect of the story always smelled a little funny to me.

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