Did a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer violate a female motorist’s constitutional rights by repeatedly blocking her access to an Orange County bathroom while she fought a losing battle against a rapid onslaught of diarrhea?
For Toni Antonellis, a well-respected San Diego food entrepreneur, and Aaron Rothberg, a CHP officer who once worked on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s protection detail, that question isn’t hypothetical.
Fate placed Antonellis and Rothberg together before noon on the southbound 5 freeway near El Toro Road on June 18, 2014. Earlier that day, Antonellis attended a food vendors’ event in Ventura County, then while driving through Costa Mesa, she began to feel severe gastric pain.
“I started having stomach cramps and thought something was off,” she recalled in