|For Immediate Release
Case # 14WM08732
September 9, 2014
WOMAN CHARGED WITH DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND PUSHING ROOMMATE IN MOTOR SCOOTER TO THE GROUND
WESTMINSTER – A woman will be arraigned today for driving under the influence of methamphetamine after an altercation with her roommate, whom she pushed to the ground while he was sitting in his motorized scooter. Laura Angela Cox, 47, Huntington Beach, is 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, with a sentencing enhancement for a 2013 prior conviction for driving under the influence of drugs. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of four years in County jail. The People will be requesting that Cox be held on $20,000 at her arraignment today, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Department W-4, West Justice Center, Westminster. The time is to be determined.
At approximately 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2014, Cox is accused of being under the influence of methamphetamine and becoming involved in a verbal altercation with her roommate, John Doe, outside of their apartment complex. She is accused of screaming at John Doe to move his motorized scooter, on which he was sitting blocking her exit. Cox is accused of pushing the victim, knocking him and the scooter over onto the ground.
The defendant is accused of getting into her pick-up truck and putting the vehicle in reverse, hitting the scooter and narrowly missing the victim. She is accused of driving forward and then again in reverse, partially hitting the scooter as she drove away.
Cox is accused of driving away from the scene while under the influence of drugs. She was stopped nearby by an officer from the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD).
Witnesses captured portions of the incident on video. The victim did not suffer any visible injuries.
HBPD investigated this case and Deputy District Attorney Joe Koller is prosecuting this case.