DC Driver Thought Obama Was Stalking Her: Reports

Miriam Carey called herself 'prophet of Stamford'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2013 12:14 PM CDT
DC Driver Thought Obama Was Stalking Her: Reports
This 2011 photo provided by Dr. Barry Weiss, from the website of Advanced Periodontics in Hamden, Conn., shows former employee Miriam Carey.   (AP Photo/Advanced Periodontics)

More details are emerging about Miriam Carey, the woman police shot after a car chase in DC yesterday that began when she rammed her car into a White House security fence. Law enforcement sources tell NBC News that Carey might have believed President Obama was stalking her, though they offer no further details. But ABC's sources say Carey thought the president was monitoring her house electronically and airing her life on TV. She also thought she could communicate with the president, and called herself the "prophet of Stamford," those sources say. More:

  • Police found medication for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression at Carey's Connecticut home, CNN reports.
  • A dentist who says Carey worked for him last year recalled her missing two or three weeks of work after she suffered a head injury after a fall. She got a handicapped parking spot at work after that injury, and CBS News reports she was eventually fired because her bosses didn't think she actually needed the space, and an argument ensued. But the dentist says he fired her because she was too rough with patients.
  • Carey's former employer also says she was stressed after an unplanned pregnancy; her mother said earlier that Carey had post-partum depression.
  • Twice in December, Carey's boyfriend told police he was afraid for their child's safety, and said Carey was acting delusional and thought Obama had placed the city under lockdown and started monitoring her home. But by January, a source says, the boyfriend told a social worker Carey was "100% back to normal."
  • A source says Carey left that boyfriend a letter at her apartment, which appeared to contain white powder and was being investigated.
(More Miriam Carey stories.)

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