An enraged California woman was high on meth when she berated and tossed her wheelchair-bound boyfriend to the ground before driving off, prosecutors said.
Video of the wild incident Sunday went viral, garnering some 1.8 million views on YouTube by Tuesday, after the couple’s Huntington Beach neighbor posted the 70-second clip under the title, “Neighbors from hell.”
Laura Cox, 47, was busted by a Huntington Beach police after she drove off in her white truck following the altercation just before noon Sunday.
“Common weekly occurrence with this insane neighbor,” Sarah Oliver wrote in the video’s description. “She throws things, beats her boyfriend, drives into stuff. All time day and night.”
The video, taken from Oliver’s window, shows the large man, wearing just boxer shorts, sitting in his motorized scooter directly behind the truck. Suddenly, Cox flies out of the driver’s side door, screaming and gesturing wildly.
“Get the f–k out of my way!” she howls in the man’s face as he asks her to calm down.
Cox begins to punch and kick the truck’s tailgate as she shakes with rage.
Sarah Oliver shows her vantage point for many of her Huntington Beach neighbor’s fights and tirades, including Sunday’s, which she recorded and went viral on YouTube.
“Get out, MOVE!” she yells as she puts down her shoulder and hip checks the man to the ground.
The man flounders and squirms on the ground until he gets up, distraught. Cox, meanwhile, puts the truck in reverse and backs over the motorized scooter.
“My scooter, my scooter! You b—h!” the man is heard wailing on the video, as she drives forward and takes a second run at the scooter, apparently running over the man’s cell phone.
The unidentified man claims he was not assaulted, does not want to press charges and says people should mind their own business instead of watching he and his girlfriend’s domestic disputes.
After her arrest, cops charged Cox with driving under the influence of drugs with a prior conviction, use and under the influence of a controlled substance, domestic violence battery and vandalism under $400, Orange County prosecutors said.
But the man, who declined to give his name, told KNBC-TV that Cox, his girlfriend of 20 years, should not be charged with assault.
“Do you see a mark on me? Do you see any marks on the scooter? If you actually really look at the video, she bumps me with her hip,” the man told the news station. “I wanted her to stop. I didn’t want her drinking and driving.”
OC Woman Allegedly on Meth Charged With DUI After Viral Video Shows Violent Confrontation
Two days after video was posted to YouTube showing a screaming woman pushing her boyfriend off his electric scooter in a Huntington Beach alley, prosecutors announced criminal charges filed against the woman.
Laura Angela Cox, 47, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of driving under the influence of methamphetamine after the altercation, among other charges.
A neighbor’s video of the fight racked up more than 1.7 million views since it was posted Sunday by Sarah Oliver. It was titled “Neighbors from hell. Huntington Beach, CA.”
Cox was arrested in connection with the video, a Huntington Beach Police Department lieutenant told the Los Angeles Times, which described the victim as Cox’s boyfriend. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said the victim, named only as “John Doe,” was Cox’s roommate.
In the 69-second video, apparently shot from a second-story window, a shirtless man is seen on his electric scooter stopped behind a pickup truck parked in an alley.
“Calm down and relax,” he cries to a woman in the truck’s driver’s seat.
She gets out of the truck, comes running up to him and screams directly into his ear, “Get the f*** out of my way!”
She slaps the truck’s tailgate and then knocks him off the scooter with a shove of her shoulder. He falls onto the concrete. She then gets into the truck and backs the vehicle up, partly running over the scooter.
As she drives away, the man stands up and screams obscenities at her, exclaiming that she broke his scooter.
“I’m calling the police. You’re going to jail,” he shouts as the video ends.
Cox was later stopped by Huntington Beach police. The incident occurred just before noon Sunday, according to the DA’s office. Oliver, who recorded the video, said the fight took place in the 7800 block of Liberty Drive.
Cox was charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of drugs with a prior conviction, use and under the influence of a controlled substance, domestic violence battery, and vandalism under $400.
She faces a sentencing enhancement for a 2013 prior conviction for driving under the influence of drugs. If convicted, Cox faces up to four years in county jail.
She was arraigned Tuesday in Westminster court, where she said she could not make it up the stairs to the courtroom. Cameras were not allowed in the landing area where her hearing was held.
“I fell off, but it had nothing to do with her,” said the man in the video. He spoke outside his girlfriend’s arraignment on Aug. 9, 2014.
Prosecutors had planned to ask that she be held on $20,000 bail. Cox was due to return to court for a pre-trial hearing on Friday.
“John Doe” did not suffer any “visible” injuries, the DA’s office said.
Outside the courtroom, the man confirmed he was Cox’s boyfriend and told reporters that “nothing happened.”
The alleged victim emphasized that his scooter was working well.
“Do I look injured? Does the scooter look injured?” he said. “All the media is doing, all you guys are doing, is throwing fuel on a fire.”
He conceded he “fell off” his scooter, but said it had “nothing to do with” Cox.