Police Fire On Minivan Full Of Children During Traffic Stop
Mother driving the car was running from a speeding ticket
Dramatic dash cam footage of police firing on a minivan full of children may lead to actions against the arresting officers. According to local news station KRQE, Oriana Ferrell was pulled over in Taos, N.M., for traveling 71 mph in a 55 mph zone while on an educational trip to the Rio Grande. The state trooper briefly argued with Ferrell about the $126 ticket and asked her to turn off her vehicle as he ran her information. Instead, Ferrell hit the gas.
The scene devolved into chaos after the officer caught up with Ferrell a second time. Her five children, ages six to 18, shouted and cried as the officer tried to pull their mother from the vehicle. At one point her 14-year-old rushed into the fray to protect her. Once back up arrived, Ferrell made a another escape attempt. This time, one of the responding officers fired several shots at the minivan.
After a four-minute chase, Ferrell surrendered to police. She was charged with five counts child abuse, as well as fleeing an officer, resisting an officer, reckless driving, and possession of drug paraphernalia for two marijuana pipes found in the car. Her son was arrested for battery of a police officer.
State police told KRQE the officers involved are currently under internal investigation and remain on active duty.
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