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Mon November 18, 2013
NM State Police Investigation After Officer Shoots At Minivan Full Of Children
A pair of New Mexico state police officers are under investigation and a mother and her 14-year-old son are facing charges after a routine traffic stop turned to chaos with the teen physically confronting one officer and another firing shots at a minivan carrying children.
Details of the recent stop emerged when KRQE-TV obtained dashboard camera video of the police cruiser that pulled the family of six over for speeding near the northern New Mexico tourist town of Taos.
The Oct. 28 footage showed driver Oriana Farrell disobey the officer's orders and drive off during the stop.
The 39-year-old Tennessee mother was pulled over again and the video shows two of her five children get out of the vehicle to confront the officer.
The mother and teenage son were arrested after a brief chase. She has since been released. It's unclear whether her son remains in custody.
Farrell's attorney didn't immediately return a call.
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