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MJ Smoking ​Mom Tries to Evade Ticket By Fleeing; Cop Shoots at Minivan Full of Kids

By Rob Cypher, Nov 18, 2013 | Updated: Nov 18, 2013 | | |
  1. Rob Cypher
    View attachment 35829 AOS, N.M. (KRQE) - 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.

    It all started Oct. 28 on a state highway south of Taos. A State Police officer pulled over Oriana Ferrell's minivan for going 71 mphr in a 55 mph zone. In the minivan with her were her five kids. The Taos News reports the children range in age from 6 to 18.

    On dash cam video released to KRQE News 13 Friday you can see Ferrell and the officer argue after Ferrell couldn't decide whether to pay the $126 fine or contest it in court. The officer instructs her to turn her vehicle off and stay put before walking back to his car.

    But Ferrell drives off instead and the officer has to pull her over again. He doesn't appear happy as he approaches the driver's side door of the minivan. The officer yells for Ferrell to get out several times before reaching into the minivan to try and pull her out.

    In the dash cam video, you can hear her children yelling for the officer to leave their mom alone and get off of her.

    At one point Ferrell's 14-year-old son gets out of the minivan and starts walking towards the officer, but the boy thinks better of it after the officer draws his Taser and points it at the boy. He gets back in the van while the officer continues his struggle to get Ferrell out of the minivan.

    "Look, I'm going to ask you one more time to get out of the vehicle and then I'm going to pull you out, OK?" the officer said. "You're already facing evading charges. You ran away from me."

    "Sir, I pulled back over, I didn't run away," Ferrell responded. "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 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 are both arrested. The mother gets child abuse and fleeing charges as well as a misdemeanor for 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 family is reportedly from Memphis and was visiting New Mexico on an educational trip.

    State Police are not releasing the names of the officers involved but say they are both under investigation for the incident.

    (top image: Officer fires three shots into minivan containing a mother and five children after she attempts to flee the scene

    bottom image: Officer breaks open the windows on the minivan with his baton; the kids in the vehicle respond by screaming in terror

    Alex Goldsmith
    KRQE-TV (Channel 13; Albuquerque, New Mexico)
    November 15, 2013



  1. Rob Cypher
    Re: MJ Smoking ​Mom Tries to Evade Ticket By Fleeing; Cop Shoots at Minivan Full of K

    Tennessee mother indicted for high-speed chase through Talpa

    A Tennessee woman arrested after leading police officers on a high-speed chase through Talpa in a minivan with her five children last month appeared in court Tuesday (Nov. 12) for arraignment on a grand jury indictment.

    Oriana Ferrell will face charges of intentional abuse of a child, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer and possession of drug paraphernalia following the Oct. 28 pursuit.

    The attorney representing Ferrell, however, suggested during her arraignment that the case would “go nowhere” and argued that law enforcement officers were the ones who had endangered the defendant’s children when they fired on her vehicle in an attempt to stop the minivan.

    “There was no reason at all to chase her down,” lawyer Alan Maestas told Eighth Judicial District Judge Jeff McElroy, referring to the pursuit that began when Ferrell allegedly drove away from a New Mexico State Police officer during a traffic stop.

    An officer stopped her on State Road 518 near Talpa for driving in excess of the speed limit, according to a statement of probable cause filed in Taos Magistrate Court.

    After being issued the citation, the officer wrote that Ferrell proceeded to drive north in her Kia Sedona minivan after declining to pay the fine or return to Taos to contest it before a judge.

    The officer followed the 39-year-old Memphis resident for about one half-mile at which point she pulled to the side of the road. A struggle ensued, the officer wrote, as he attempted to remove Ferrell from the vehicle and was confronted by her 14-year-old son.

    Two other officers arrived, according to court documents, and the family locked themselves inside the vehicle. The arresting officer wrote that he smashed the passenger side window with his baton before Ferrell drove away again. A colleague fired three rounds at the rear tires “in an attempt to keep the vehicle from leaving,” he wrote.

    The officers pursued Ferrell down State Highway 518 before turning north on State Highway 68 and proceeding at speeds of up to 100 mph, according to court documents.

    Ferrell brought the minivan to a halt in front of the main entrance to Hotel Don Fernando, the arresting officer wrote. Ferrell and her 14-year-old son were then arrested at gunpoint without incident.

    The four other children in the vehicle were taken into custody by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

    The youths ranging in age from six to 18 were placed in the care of a family known to Ferrell, according to state police.

    In court Tuesday, Judge McElroy said he reviewed a portion of video footage from the pursuit when considering the release of Ferrell’s son who is now free. The judge described the footage as disturbing and puzzling.

    “The court is concerned about the nature of these charges,” he said. “It’s a bit of a mystery.”

    Maestas, however, suggested Ferrell was acting out of fear for the safety of her children when she drove away from law enforcement officers.

    “She was flat-out scared that something was going to happen to her children,” he told the court. “We ought to talk about the stupidity and recklessness of shooting at a car that has five children in it.”

    “If someone ought to be charged with child abuse, it ought to be the New Mexico State Police,” Maestas added.

    Maestas also dismissed what he described as a firearm recovered from Ferrell’s vehicle as having been planted by law enforcement officers. “I take the weapon to be a plant used to justify some of the stupidity here,” he said.

    State police, however, said that only a toy gun was found inside the minivan and no firearms charges have been filed against the defendant.

    Deputy district attorney Emilio Chávez countered that Ferrell had little reason to flee during the traffic stop.

    “The chase was not precipitated, as Mr. Maestas alleged, because she was just scared,” the prosecutor said.

    Chávez argued that Ferrell’s release from Taos County Adult Detention Center should require a $10,000 bond with 10 percent to the court, a waiver of extradition and requirements that she undergo regular drug screening and maintain residency in New Mexico, citing prior arrests for driving while intoxicated as well as the discovery of what appeared to be two marijuana pipes at the time of her arrest. He added that she should be prohibited from discussing the incident with her children, noting that they may serve as witnesses at trial.

    Maestas requested a $10,000 unsecured bond and said his only objection was to stipulations requiring drug screening.

    He disputed the two prior arrests for driving while intoxicated in other jurisdictions and presented a dozen letters from ministers, neighbors and others attesting to her character.

    Addressing the judge, Ferrell also insisted she had never been convicted of driving while intoxicated.

    “I do plan to stay here,” she added. Maestas noted that Ferrell hoped to live in Pecos or Santa Fe while contesting the charges against her.

    “I cannot imagine someone going on the lam with five kids,” the defense attorney said.

    Maestas added that state officials were planning to send Ferrell’s children to their father in Atlanta if she remained at the detention center. “This trip was supposed to be part of an educational experience for her kids who are home schooled,” he said.

    “These kids just want to stay together and sending them to dad isn’t the answer,” Maestas added, suggesting that their father was abusive.

    The judge agreed to release Ferrell on a $10,000 unsecured bond and rejected the state’s suggestion that she submit to regular drug screening.

    “The nature of the charges did not appear to involve alcohol or drugs,” McElroy said.

    The case was scheduled for a jury trial on April 21.

    Andrew Oxford
    The Taos (New Mexico) News
    November 17, 2013

  2. kumar420
    Re: MJ Smoking ​Mom Tries to Evade Ticket By Fleeing; Cop Shoots at Minivan Full of K

    No fucking wonder she was scared. Headlines about cops shooting kids and dogs, conducting illegal cavity searches, then some overzealous trooper tries to drag her out of her car? I would have run too...
    And then the officer proceeds to shoot at a vehicle FILLED with children. I'm really starting to wonder about this oath to 'protect and serve', its going more towards 'humiliate and abuse'
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