SACRAMENTO – Cellphone video captured Monday shows a driver repeatedly ramming his SUV into another SUV before kicking and stomping on the vehicle in Sacramento, California.
It all started with a crash loud enough for Nikki Guinn to run outside of her home near X Street in downtown Sacramento.
"I was inside my house and I heard a car accident," Guinn told KTXL.
But she soon realized it was no accident.
"So I grabbed my phone and ran outside with it," she said.
Her cellphone camera captured 12 minutes of chaos. In the footage, a white SUV can be seen plowing into a blue Honda SUV over and over again. When the vehicle can't move anymore, a man gets out and is seen stomping and kicking the blue Honda.
An ambulance shows up, then a Sacramento Police patrol car moves in. Officers kept their distance at first.
"I think our officers acted heroically in this, they were very patient," said Sacramento Police Sgt. Vance Chandler.
Chandler says it started as road rage incident on the Capital City Freeway.
"A caller called us advising that there was another driver behind them and they had been rammed by that driver," Chandler said.
Police say after the driver rammed a moving car he focused on the Honda.
At one point, he falls off the SUV, which is when officers moved in and detained him.
"My thought was I witnessed someone's mental breakdown, essentially," Guinn said.
Guinn is still wondering why it happened.
"What was he going through? Why would he do that? We don't know," she said.
Police say the investigation shows the man was likely under the influence of narcotics. He has not been identified because he was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Once he is released, he will be booked into jail on felony assault and vandalism charges.AlertMe