Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, a former light-heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was charged Monday with reckless driving, evading arrest and hit-and-run driving in a destructive car chase from Costa Mesa to Newport Beach last month, prosecutors said.
Jackson, 30, who was arrested July 15, allegedly left a chaotic scene in his wake, hitting at least three cars with his lifted 2008 Ford truck and driving on the sidewalk with a blown tire.
The incident began when Jackson drove over a curb in Costa Mesa, sideswiped two cars and drove away with a flat tire, authorities said. A motorcycle officer spotted Jackson weaving in and out of traffic and tried to pull him over, but the former fighting champion fled, running several red lights and crashing into a Toyota Camry, prosecutors allege.
At one point, Jackson drove onto a curb on the wrong side of the road, narrowly missing a bus stop and forcing several people to run for cover, prosecutors said. Jackson was eventually taken into custody without further incident.