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.
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.”
“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.
KTLA’s Scott Williams contributed to this article.