A Northern California woman who had just gotten out of jail three days prior was re-arrested and made her first court appearance Tuesday following a weekend road rage incident captured in a dramatic mobile phone video.
The video captured a vehicle forcing a car off a mountain highway while two women frantically called the California Highway Patrol Sunday afternoon to report being repeatedly cut off by the driver of a Ford Explorer Sport Trac pickup truck on Interstate 80, about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento, AJC.com reported.
“She just hit our car, she just hit our car. She’s pushing us off of the road. Yes, she’s pushing us off the road. She’s coming for us,” passenger Delanie Strykul tells a CHP dispatcher on the video, her voice shaking. “Please help us.”
The video shows the Explorer forcing a Mazda onto the shoulder as the Mazda’s driver screams.
The Highway Patrol said the incident began after Strykul made a rude gesture after the Ford Explorer had been tailgating them for a while. Strykul shot the video while also calling the Highway patrol.
The Mazda driver finally managed to get off at an exit where a highway patrolman waited to arrest the driver of the Explorer.
The suspect, Deirdre Orozco, 50, of Santa Clara, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of false imprisonment, unlawful use of a badge, reckless driving, and resisting arrest.
She was held in lieu of $250,000 bail and was ordered to return back to court Friday after pleading not guilty to multiple charges from two incidents days apart from each other.
Police said Orozco was arrested three days prior and had not yet been charged. She allegedly hit a vehicle at an intersection, and then continued to drive to a relative’s house, where she threw large rocks through a window and threatened the residents. Orozco has now been charged in that incident with assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, vandalism, reckless driving, and hit-and-run the AP reported.
California Woman Arrested Second Time In 1 Week For Road Rage Incident