A mother is now facing felony charges while two New Mexico State Police officers are under investigation after a routine traffic stop led to police shooting into a minivan full of children.
Video from a police vehicle’s dashcam shows Oriana Ferrell being stopped for speeding when instead of complying with officers orders to turn-off her engine, she instead began to drive away from the scene. The officer pulls Ferrell over a second time and begins to try to take the woman out of the vehicle while children can be heard screaming inside of the van.
The NM police officer grabs the woman but Farrell’s 14-year-old son jumps out the van and engages the officer who pulls out his taser. After seeing the officer’s weapon, the son jumps back in the car. The mother agrees to talk to the officer but that only lasts a short time until the woman tries to run back into her car.
The officer grabs Ferrell and the two begin to struggle. Ferrell’s son jumps out a second time but this time runs at the officer. Back up arrives and both the woman and the son run back into the minivan and drive away while one officers uses his baton to break the passenger side window. While Ferrell drove from the scene another officer is seen pulling out his gun and firing into the van full of kids.
Ferrell leads police on a ten minute chase until she pulls over in front of a hotel and surrenders. Farrell was charged with five counts of abuse of a child, aggravated fleeing an officer, resisting an officer, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to The Taos News. Her teenage son was charged with battery of an officer.