TALPA, NEW MEXICO – Dashcam video was released that shows a belligerent mother involved in a heated altercation with police, resulting in shots fired at the van loaded with children and a high-speed chase.
Oriana Ferrell had been pulled over for a speeding infraction and was arguing with a New Mexico Police officer over it. The video shows the officer return to his vehicle to run the paperwork. Ferrell then attempts to escape by driving off.
The officer pulls her over again and demands she exit the vehicle. She complies, but her 14-year-old son exits as well. The officer draws his taser and the boy then returns to the vehicle.
As the officer tries to get the woman to leave the car, he tells her that she is already facing charges for leaving the scene after she was first pulled over. The situation escalates and the mother again tries to evade capture by the officer, which provokes the 14-year-old boy to engage. The New Mexico officer aims his taser at the boy, causing him to retreat as backup arrives on the scene.
Another officer assists as the first officer breaks out the window, trying to get the family out of the car. The woman begins to drive away as another state police officer arrives and shoots three shots at the back of the minivan that held five children. A high-speed chase ensued, ending with the mother finally surrendering and being arrested along with her 14-year-old son.
Two officers have been removed from active duty and Oriana Ferrell is being 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 will be charged with battery of an officer.
New Mexico State Police said they allegedly found two marijuana pipes in the minivan.