A video of a woman’s confrontation with two Boise drivers went viral over the weekend, racking up more than a million views within days.
Many viewers couldn’t agree on whether she was trying to exercise self-defense justice or needed help.
The video shows a brown Subaru driving erratically on West Overland Road near the Wye interchange. The vehicle stops in the middle of the road and a woman gets out. The woman, wearing a clothespin necklace and two pairs of glasses over a hat that read ‘Blessed’, begins waving her arms and yelling at the drivers behind her to turn off their cars and raise their hands in l ‘air. Then she starts knocking outside a car.
twitter user fifty shades of wheywhose account has 198,000 followers and lists her location in New York, seemed to think the woman was trying to be arrested.
“This woman in Idaho is trying to make a citizen’s arrest in the middle of the street,” Whey captioned the video.
About 9,000 people have since retweeted the video, with some Idaho residents adding their own thoughts on the alleged citizen’s arrest.
“God, I just *can’t wait* for this to be the Idaho standard,” Mike Satz, executive director of the political advocacy group Idaho 97 Project, said in a tweet.
Video shared with misleading caption
Boise resident Daniel Mejia is the one who captured the video posted by Whey. Mejia, who originally posted it on the Treasure Valley Crime and Community Facebook page, disagreed with Whey’s assessment.
Mejia told the statesman that around 7:45 p.m. Friday, he saw the brown Subaru in front of him brake and turn, forcing Mejia’s vehicle and another driver in a truck to stop.
He said he had “no idea” what might have provoked the female Subaru driver or what she was trying to do. Mejia quickly turned into the other lane and began filming from inside his vehicle.
“I was confused and worried, just because I didn’t know what she was doing and why she was giving us these orders,” Mejia told the Idaho Statesman. “I was also worried because of his sudden hand movements. I didn’t know what his (intentions) were.
In the video, Mejia’s vehicle can be seen starting just as the woman begins to hit her car. He said he then called 911.
Boise Police Department public information officer Haley Williams told the statesman that she had not received any information about a citizen’s arrest. Whey did not respond to the Idaho statesman’s request for comment.
Police say ‘medical emergency’
By the time the police arrived at the scene, the woman and her vehicle had left the road. The department’s behavioral health response team also responded, and “the incident was quickly determined to be a medical emergency,” according to Boise Police Communications Manager Haley Kramer. The Response Team includes civilian members who partner with the police to respond to people who may be in crisis.
“Evidence indicates that the subject suffered a medical emergency while in his vehicle, resulting in a seizure,” Kramer told the Statesman in an email. “After getting out of her vehicle and running down the road, she experienced another medical emergency. Subject was transported to hospital for treatment.
Because the woman was no longer on the road and suffering from medical issues, no police report was created, Williams said in a phone interview.
Williams said police had not seen the video at the time and were unsure if the department would take further action based on it, but members of the response team plan to stay involved. .
Williams said she could not release the woman’s name because she had not been arrested.
After seeing the video, the woman’s son contacted Mejia to let him know that the woman was recovering at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
“As far as we know she is in St. Al’s hopefully recovering from what she was,” the son wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday, according to Mejia.
According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Mejia made the right decisions on Friday.
Public Information Officer Patrick Orr said members of the sheriff’s office have advised people in potentially dangerous situations to call 911 immediately. After making that call, those who are able to get away safely from the threat — “safety focus” — can move to a safe location where they can “be a good witness,” according to Orr.
This story was originally published May 23, 2022 8:09 p.m.