*Two women were caught on cellphone camera as they frantically attempted to escape a vehicle where a woman driver chased them and repeatedly tried to force their car off a mountain highway.
The two women called the California Highway Patrol on Saturday afternoon to report the incident, and in the video you hear the fear in the voice of the driver of the victim car, as the passenger tries to remain somewhat calm in the eye of the storm; where they are being repeatedly cut off by the driver of a Ford Explorer Sport Trac pickup truck on Interstate 80, about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento.
“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.”
In the video you see the Explorer forcing their Mazda onto the shoulder as the Mazda’s driver screams.
“I could not believe this was real. I was sitting there going, ‘This has to be a joke,'” Strykul told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The Highway Patrol said the incident began after Strykul made a rude gesture because the Ford Explorer had been tailgating.
Strykul was talking to the Highway Patrol at the same time she was shooting the video. The two women were eventually directed to an interstate exit where a highway patrolman was waiting to make the arrest.
Deirdre Orozco, 50, of Santa Clara, was the suspect 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 made her first court appearance Tuesday.
She was held in lieu of $250,000 bail and was due back in court Friday after pleading not guilty to multiple charges from two incidents days apart. A public defender was to be appointed to represent her.
According to Roseville police, Orozco had been arrested for an incident on Dec. 17, but was freed while prosecutors weighed charges from that incident. Police say a woman identified as Orozco first hit a driver at a Roseville intersection, then went on to a relative’s house, where she threw large rocks through a window while threatening the residents, said police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther.
Orozco is charged in that incident with assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, vandalism, reckless driving, and hit-and-run.
Be warned: Emotionally charged video: