Instagrammer who threw chair off balcony onto highway is arrested

18 February 2019, 17:15 | Updated: 18 February 2019, 17:16

Marcella Zoia throw chair traffic toronto
Picture: Marcella Zoia
Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

What the f*ck???

Instagram model Marcella Zoia has been charged by Toronto police after a video emerged of her deliberately throwing a chair off a balcony into a busy highway below.

In the video, which has a snapchat caption over it reading 'good morning', Zoia hurls a heavy-looking metal chair off a high balcony, which then plummets many floors down before narrowly avoiding hitting a busy highway below, which is covered in moving cars. It's a miracle that no one was killed.

The video, which appears to have been originally intentionally filmed and uploaded by Zoia herself which is... yet another whole other level of stupidity... was shared by journalist Joanne Wilder, who urged people to track down Zoia, tweeting:

"Recognize this moron throwing a chair off a balcony near the Gardiner? #Toronto Contact @TPSOperations"

The video prompted swift backlash.

Now Marcella Zoia handed herself into the police

After public outcry about her actions, Zoia handed herself in. According to an official statement from Toronto police, she has been charged with mischief endangering life, mischief damaging property under $5,000 and common nuisance.

She appeared in court on February 13th, where her lawyer said she: “wishes this never happened, that she’s been under intense scrutiny and that she’s extremely embarrassed and will never do this again.”

But when questioned, she seemed defiant. Reporter Ryan Rocca tweeted a video of Zoia, saying:

"Shot this video of alleged balcony chair tosser Marcella Zoia, 19, leaving Starbucks this afternoon after being released on bail. She seemed unfazed. She faces a number of charges in connection with the incident that was captured on a viral video earlier this week."

She now faces the possibility of hefty jail time. CBC reports that:

"According to the Criminal Code, a conviction on the charge of mischief endangering life alone could lead to a prison term.' Every one who commits mischief that causes actual danger to life is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life', the Criminal Code says."

We would tell you not to try this at home, but we're not going to insult your intelligence like that.