A northern California woman is in custody after she drove two women off the road and claimed be a sheriff in a road rage incident captured on cell phone video, reports WXYZ.
Deirdre Orozco, 50, of Santa Clara, was arrested and 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 for using her truck to force the women off the road after one of the women gave her the finger for tailgating.
The two women in a Mazda can be heard screaming in the video as Orozco bumps their car as they traveled down the interstate.
“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 told a CHP dispatcher on the video. “Please help us.”
Further down the road Orozco pulled in front of the women and hit the brakes on her Ford truck, forcing the women to stop. Stepping out of her truck, waving her arms, and flashing an ID on a lanyard, she told the women she was sheriff; holding the ID up against the window as one of the women continued to speak on her cellphone to the dispatcher.
According to authorities, Orozco is not with the sheriff’s department and the badge she flashed was her work identification card showing she is employed by a company that provides assistance to seniors.
The two women were instructed to an interstate exit where a highway patrolman was waiting to arrest Orozco who followed them.
Authorities state Orozco was arrested three days earlier after hitting a driver at an intersection and then continuing on to a relative’s house where she threw rocks through a window while threatening the residents.
Orozco had been released following the previous incident as prosecutors mulled charges– later filed as assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, vandalism, reckless driving, and hit-and-run — and is currently being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Watch the video below, from WXYZ: