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N.M. police shoot minivan full of kids after driver flees for the second time

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(CBS) TAOS, N.M. - A simple traffic stop turned into a wild scene with a 14-year-old rushing a state cop, a high-speed chase and another officer firing at a fleeing minivan full of kids.

Now, the driver and her son are facing charges while New Mexico State Police are investigating the officers involved, reports CBS affiliate KRQE.

Oriana Ferrell, a woman from Memphis, Tenn., was allegedly pulled over for driving at 71 mph in a 55 mph zone on October 28 on a state highway south of Taos. In the incident caught on dashboard camera, the officer reportedly instructs her to turn her vehicle off and stay put before walking back to his car. However, she drives away, setting off a chase.

According to the station, the woman had five of her children in the car, ranging in age from 6 to 18.

The trooper again pulls the woman over and yells for her to get out of the car several times before reaching into the minivan to try and pull her out.

In the dash cam video, children in the car are heard yelling for the officer to leave their mom alone and get off of her, reports the station.

At one point Ferrell's 14-year-old son gets out of the minivan and starts walking towards the officer, but when the officer draws his Taser, he gets back in the car.

Finally, Ferrell agrees to get out and talk with the officer behind the minivan. The conversation doesn't last long. When the officer tells her to turn around, Ferrell bolts back towards her minivan. The officer grabs her and a struggle ensues.

That's when her 14-year-old son gets out of the car again and rushes the officer. The boy and the cop have a short tussle. The officer draws his Taser again while the boy runs back into the minivan and closes the door.

As backup officers pull up, the officer pulls out his baton and smashes one of the rear windows as the family screams again. The minivan speeds off while another officer fires what appears to be three shots at the fleeing vehicle.

Ferrell leads State Police on a high-speed chase into Taos before giving herself up in front of a hotel.

Ferrell and her 14-year-old son were both arrested. The mother is charged with child abuse and fleeing as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The Taos News reports that State Police claim they found two marijuana pipes in the minivan. Her son is charged with battery of an officer.

The officers involved in the shooting, whose names have not been released, are under investigation, according to the station.

The station reports the family is from Memphis, Tenn. and was in New Mexico on an educational trip.

 

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