A woman driving in Taos, N.M. with five kids in the car refused to yield to a police officer who pulled her over, resulting in a chase, shots fired at the minivan, and the woman’s arrest.
Oriana Ferrell was driving 71 miles per hour in a 55 mile zone, KRQE News reported, with five children ages six to 18. A police officer pulled her over for speeding.
A dashboard camera shows what happened next. Ferrell can’t decide whether to pay the $126 ticket or contest it in court. The officer tells her to wait while he goes back to his car for paperwork. Instead, Ferrell drives away.
The cop pulls her over again and yells at her to get out of the car, before trying to pull her out of the minivan. Ferrell’s 14-year-old son then gets out, as the other kids scream for the cop to leave their mother alone. The officer points his Taser at the boy, and he gets back in the van.
"Look, I'm going to ask you one more time to get out of the vehicle and then I'm going to pull you out, OK?" the officer says. "You're already facing evading charges. You ran away from me."
"Sir, I pulled back over, I didn't run away," Ferrell responds. "You see my children. I'm not doing anything wrong. I'm just trying to take them to the Rio Grande."
Ferrell agrees to get out and talk to the officer, but she soon makes a run for it back to her car. Her son gets out again and tries to fight the officer, who pulls the Taser again, prompting the boy to run back into the car. Backup arrives, and the officer smashes the rear window of the minivan with his baton. The vehicle pulls away as another officer fires three shots at it. A high-speed chase ensues.
Ten minutes after Ferrell was first pulled over she stopped in front of a hotel and was taken into police custody along with her son, The Taos News reported.
Ferrel was charged with five counts of abuse of a child, aggravated fleeing an officer, resisting an officer, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia (two marijuana pipe were reportedly found in the car).
Her son was arrested on charges of battery of an officer and resisting arrest. The other children were taken into custody by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.
The car had Tennessee plates. The Memphis family was reportedly visiting New Mexico on an educational trip.