Monday, November 18, 2013 – 8:11am
Near Taos, NM — Newly released police dashboard camera video shows how a simple traffic stop led to police firing at a minivan full of children. The mother who was driving the minivan and her 14 year-old son are now facing charges in New Mexico and the state police officers involved are under investigation, Alex Goldsmith has the footage.
State Police Officer, “You’re doing 71 back there in a 55, OK.”
Orianna Ferrell and a state police officer are arguing over a ticket just South of Taos.
State Police Officer, “I’ll be right back, go ahead and turn the vehicle off for me.”
But as the cop walks off, Ferrell does the opposite, pulling away instead. So he pulls her over again, the officer isn’t too happy, State Police Officer, “Get out of the vehicle! Get out of the vehicle right now!”
You can see the officer try to pull Ferrell out while the five kids inside scream, “Leave my mom alone!”
Her 14 year-old son gets out, but thinks again when the officer pulls his taser, the struggle continues, State Police Officer, “You’re already facing evading charges right now, you ran away from me ok?”
Orianna Ferrell, “Sir I pulled back over. I didn’t run away…You see my children, I’m not doing anything wrong, I’m just trying to take them to the Rio Grande.”
Finally, Ferrell agrees to get out and talk, but the conversation doesn’t last long, State Police Officer, “Turn around and face your vehicle…Ma’am listen to me.”
Ferrell and the cop struggle as she tries to get back into the van. While that happens, the 14 year-old gets out again, and this time he rushes the officer trying to defend his mom.
After a short tussle, the boy runs back into the minivan. The officer tries to get him out while backup arrives, “Open the door! Open the door!”
Ferrell starts to drive off, while another officer fires at the minivan full of kids as young as six.
Ferrell then takes them on a four minute high speed chase into Taos, cutting into wrong way traffic before eventually pulling over the giving up in front of a hotel.
Her 14 year-old son is arrested and so is she. According to the Taos news, the family is from Tennessee and was taking an educational road trip in New Mexico.