Crime

Wild Road Rage Incident Caught on Video Results in Assault With a Deadly Weapon Charge

"She just hit our car. She's pushing us off of the road."

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Two women were caught in a bizarre incident of alleged road rage Saturday along Interstate 80 outside Sacramento, California, where they say 50-year-year-old Dierdre Orozco, who had just been released from jail on hit-and-run charges, tried to run them off the road.

The dramatic scene, caught on cellphone video, shows driver Delanie Strykul and her friend Vanessa trying to escape Orozco as she allegedly tried to cut them off twice just before slowing down to drive alongside of them, posing as a police officer.

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Strykul then did something she now admits she probably shouldn't have done: “I definitely regret flipping her off," Stykul, a 2012 Miss California USA candidate, told the Sacramento Bee. “I’m not proud of that.”

According to Strykul, Orozco pulled her vehicle horizontally in front of them seconds later. That's when Strykul and her friend decided to call 911. 

“She did the whole zig-zag in three lanes with her flashers on, kind of like what a police officer would do if they were trying to slow down traffic,” Strykul said.

The two women were able to get away after that but only to realize just moments later that Orozco was bumping into them: "She just hit our car. She's pushing us off of the road," Vanessa frantically told the 911 dispatcher.

The dispatcher directed the women to exit the highway where an officer could meet them. They eventually pulled off at a nearby exit and the woman chasing them, Orozco, followed. That's when California State Troopers were able to arrest the female suspect.

The alleged road rage driver is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving and resisting arrest. Orozco was taken to Placer County Jail where she is being held on a $500,000 bond, KCRA-TV reported.

Ironically, Roseville police reported Tuesday that Orozco had just been released from jail after being arrested for her involvement in a similar hit-and-run incident Dec. 17. It's unclear how Orozco got out of jail the first time.

While Strykul's incident was terrifying, she acknowledged it could have been even more frightening.

“We were so scared. If she had a gun it would have been way worse,” Strykul said.

Watch as the drama unfolds:

WARNING: VIDEOS CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

Although Strykul and her friend would probably like nothing more than to never Orozco ever again, it's possible they'll have to face her in court. If authorities find that Orozco intentionally hit their car, they won't be able to file any insurance claims. Instead, they'll have to go to civil court to try and collect damages.

(H/T: KMAX-TV)

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