It was one of the most harrowing scenes in franchise history. On this week’s episode of Teen Mom 2, MTV aired footage from Jenelle Evans‘ scary road rage incident back in May. While there were many conflicting reports and a lot of he said/she said going on at the time of the event, cameras were rolling for the majority of the incident and both viewers and the rest of Jenelle’s Teen Mom 2 co-stars could not believe what they witnessed.
It all started when Jenelle and her eight-year-old son Jace were driving from their joint therapy appointment to get some ice cream on a mother/son date, when a male driver in a white pick up truck started to aggressively tailgate her car.
“Dude are you kidding me right now? This dude behind me — dude I will go so slow if he keeps tailgating me,” Jenelle said. The driver then pulled around Jenelle, cut off her car and then slammed on his breaks — causing both Jenelle and Jace (who was sitting in the passenger side) to fly forwards in their seats. “Are you kidding me dude?!” Jenelle screamed as she swerved to avoid crashing her car.
Jenelle used Jace’s phone to call 911 and she gave a detailed description of the driver’s car and the incident. But instead of allowing the police to handle the situation, Jenelle decided to take matters into her own hands and she followed the driver as he exited off of the highway. She continued to follow him to his home, and as she pulled onto his property, fans could clearly see Jenelle reach into the driver’s side door compartment for what seemed to be a handgun and she moved the gun from the door and placed it on her seat next to her. It seemed like Jace knew what was going on, because he looked down at the spot where his mother placed the gun — and he made a comment about how he would protect his mother.
“And if he tries to get out and hurt you, I can grab this Nerf gun and whip him,” the eight-year-old told his mama.
Jenelle called her husband David Eason as she pulled up in front of the man’s house. She started taking photos of him and she told him that she called the cops on him. Jenelle then tried to back up to leave and she accidentally hit the man’s mailbox. He started yelling at Jenelle from his car, and then he attempted to block Jenelle from leaving his property by pulling his truck in front of her car — and he crashed his car into the front of Jenelle’s. The screen blacked out and the producers added a message that said after the driver hit Jenelle’s car, she pulled her gun out on him.
She was finally able to get around his car and drove off, but the driver continued to follow her out. Meanwhile, David was yelling at Jenelle on the phone, telling her that she should not have followed the man to his home. “You call the police, you don’t follow people,” David said.
Eventually, the driver stopped following her and she was pulled over by the cops shortly after because the other driver called the cops as well. Jenelle broke down in tears as she recounted everything that just happened to the officer. The officer then asked Jenelle to step out of the car and she left Jace alone, sitting next to her gun.
Teen Mom 2 star Chelsea Houska’s father Randy took to Twitter to voice his concerns about the scene. “Where is the loaded gun while Jace sits alone in the car?” he wrote, and Chelsea responded, “I was wondering this also.”
I was wondering this also 😩 https://t.co/jTdWMrAXoI
— Chelsea DeBoer (@ChelseaHouska) July 24, 2018
Meanwhile, Jenelle’s Teen Mom 2 nemesis Kailyn Lowry also chimed in with her thoughts about the incident. “LMAOOOOOOO [sic] you just pulled the strap out and now you’re crying about what YOU [sic] did. Goodbye,” she tweeted.
LMAOOOOOOO you just pulled the strap out and now you’re crying about what YOU did. Goodbye
— Kailyn Lowry (@KailLowry) July 24, 2018
Details about Jenelle’s incident were released shortly after it occurred back in April. At the time, an unnamed driver complained to the Brunswick County police, according to documents obtained by Radar Online. The Sheriff’s Office Communication Center CFS report said that Jenelle “hit his truck, ran over his mailbox, and pulled a gun on him. She was driving blocking traffic, he tried to pass her on the inside like everyone else and she flipped out.” The driver’s report claims that she followed him all the way to his home and onto his private property, and he wants her “stopped and charged.” The deputy’s report said “Suspect [Evans] hit two vehicles in the yard and then she pulled a 10-84/G, [the code for ‘suspect with a gun,’]” according to Radar.
For her part, Jenelle said in her phone call to police that “He was tailgating me the whole way, I had my son in the car because my son was at therapy. He’s been tailgating me the whole time in traffic. Would not stop. Then he races in front of me and purposely slammed on the brakes at 70-something miles an hour. This guy is trying his hardest for me not to be behind him anymore. He is literally going crazy, swerving in and out of lanes.” Of course, Jenelle didn’t mention the gun or following him home, but she did include even more incriminating evidence against herself.
She said she was using Jace’s phone because the driver “made [her] slam on the brakes so hard that [her] phone went flying,” and “My son, his head almost got whiplash and almost hit the dash. That’s how bad I had to slam on the brakes.” Jace is only eight years old, and kids are supposed to ride in the back seat until at least 12 years old. If he did hit the dash or the airbags went off, he could have gotten seriously hurt, and Jenelle would be responsible for that.
After the initial complaint, an eyewitness said they believed Jenelle to be the reckless one. “She was driving like a bat out of hell,” the anonymous source told Radar. “There were little kids out there on the road. It could have caused a bad accident out there. She just drove straight out of there onto the highway. She was driving like 65/70 miles an hour on a dirt road. It was dangerous.”
Of course, her husband David defended her actions. A week later, he claimed that she was acting in self-defense, because the man was trying to kidnap her. Yes, really. “You saw the old man’s side of the story,” he wrote on Facebook. “He tried to kidnap her.”
So according David, the guy was trying to kidnap Jenelle..lawd help us with these outrageous stories🤦🏼♀️ pic.twitter.com/u30WzYgKfV
— Another_One_Puta (@Lunchableskid) May 2, 2018
Jenelle’s fellow TM franchise co-stars also spoke out about the scary incident — prompting Jenelle to defend herself on social media. “Hey [Jeremy], that’s funny you don’t want a background check for all your guns but in order for myself to even obtain my gun I had a full background check. I’m legally allowed to have mine, but are you?” she responded to Leah Messer‘s ex-husband Jeremy Calvert who tweeted producer Morgan J. Freeman about what the network planned to do with the controversial star. “And you want me to do a background check because I own guns nahh,” he added. Plus, her baby daddy Nathan Griffith was “frightened” by the news.
The incident caused so much controversy that fans weren’t sure if the footage would ever see the light of day. Network execs were reportedly “furious” when they watched the dashcam footage. “The higher-ups — and not the show higher-ups, but the network execs — have the footage and are figuring out what to do with it,” an insider revealed to The Ashley. “They’re extremely upset by what they’re seeing.” But eventually, they decided to air the footage.
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