Minivan Shooting: Traffic Stop With 5 Kids Inside Turns Chaotic (Video)

Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 08:31 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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A routine traffic stop of a minivan in New Mexico turned chaotic as a mother and her 14-year-old son were arrested and officers investigated for firing on a vehicle with children inside.

The television station KRQE reported Friday that Oriana Farrell, 39, of Memphis, was charged with child abuse, fleeing and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia while her son was charged with battery of an officer.

The video, taken from the New Mexico state police's dashboard camera, showed police officers stopping the van with six people for speeding near Taos in October, the Associated Press reported.

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According to KRQE-TV, the video showed Farrell arguing with the officer, later identified as Tony DeTavis, and trying to decide whether to pay the $126 fine or contest the speeding charge. Farrell drives off after the officer ordered him to stay put while he walked back to his vehicle.

The video shows DeTavis pulling Farrell over a second time and ordering Farrell to get out of the van several times, then trying to pull her out of the vehicle. Children could be heard yelling for the officer to leave Farrell alone, according to the television station.

Farrell's 14-year-old son leaves the van but gets back in after the DeTavis points his Taser at him.

"Sir, I pulled back over, I didn't run away," Farrell told the officer. "You see my children. I'm not doing anything wrong. I'm just trying to take them to the Rio Grande."

Farrell eventually left the van but the boy exited again and struggled with the officer on the roadside, accorind to the AP. The boy made it back into the van and shut the door on DeTavis, who then used his night stick to shatter one of the van's windows.

The van drove away a second time as another officer, identified as Elias Montoya, shot at the vehicle as it drove off, reported the AP. Montoya wrote in a report that he fired at a rear tire trying to stop the van.

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Farrell and the boy were arrested after stopping at a nearby hotel. New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas told the AP that the department is investigating the weapons discharge during the traffic stop.

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