Officers shoot at fleeing van full of kids in New Mexico
(CNN/KRQE) - A simple traffic stop in New Mexico escalated quickly when a mother with her five kids in the car peeled away and tried to run, leading to shots being fired at the fleeing van..
The incident happened in a rural area just south of Taos, N.M., where Oriana Ferrell was pulled over for going 71 mph in a 55 mph zone. After arguing with a police officer over the ticket, Ferrell was told to hold tight while the officer went back to his cruiser.
Instead of doing that, though, she sped off. But she didn't get far; the mother and her five kids were pulled over again a short time later.
During the second stop, Ferrell's 14-year-old son decided to get involved when officers ordered his mother out of the car. He quickly thought twice, though, when a cop pulled a stun gun on him.
In video obtained from an officer's dashboard camera, Ferrell continued to insist that she didn't do anything wrong. And after a short back-and-forth while she was outside, she tries to get back in, at which point her son rushed an officer again.
As she started to drive away again, an officer fired several shots at the minivan, which was carrying children as young as six. A four-minute pursuit ended when, finally, she gave up. Both she and her 14-year-old son were arrested.
Farrell is being charged with child abuse, fleeing police and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her son is charged with battery of an officer.