New Mexico cop shoots at minivan full of kids

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A Tennessee woman is facing multiple charges after leading New Mexico police on a high-speed chase after she refused to take a speeding ticket.

Newly-released dash-camera video shows Oriana Ferrell was driving Oct. 28 with her five children in a minivan near Talpa, located 100 km northeast of Santa Fe. A state police officer pulled her over for speeding, but while he was writing the ticket, she drove off, the Taos News reports.

He pulled Ferrell over again, but this time, the officer tried to pull her from the vehicle.

At one point, the officer pulled out his Taser, and Ferrell's 14-year-old son got out of the vehicle to confront the officer, before the whole family got back in the van and the mother locked the doors.

As more officers arrived, the cop tried to break a window using a baton, the newspaper reported. When that happened, Ferrell drove off. Another officer fired three rounds at the back of the vehicle to stop it, but without success.

Ferrell then led police on a high-speed chase. Eventually, she pulled over at a hotel where she and her son were arrested at gunpoint, the newspaper reported.

Ferrell is facing charges of intentional abuse of a child, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ferrell's lawyer told a judge she was concerned for the welfare of her children, and that's why she drove away.

"If someone ought to be charged with child abuse, it ought to be the New Mexico State Police," Alan Maestas said.


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