The Orange County District Attorney’s office on Tuesday charged former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson with two felonies and four misdemeanors following a July hit-and-run incident and car chase that resulted in Jackson’s arrest.
Jackson was 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.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
Jackson will be arraigned on Thursday, August 28th, in Santa Ana, California. Bail will be set at $25,000.
Following an initial collision with a vehicle, Jackson fled the scene but was quickly spotted by a police officer who noticed Jackson driving on a flat tire and talking on his cell phone. The officer attempted to stop Jackson but he instead led police on a brief chase, wrecking into another vehicle and nearly hitting several pedestrians before surrendering.
Jackson was not charged in the miscarriage of Holli Griggs, a passenger in one of the vehicles Jackson collided with who subsequently had a miscarriage 16 weeks into her pregnancy.
â€œWe reviewed all the medical records and spoke with the victimâ€™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,â€ said Orange County spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
Jackson is expected to return to the octagon in December against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.