New Mexico police shoot at van full of kids during traffic stop
NEW MEXICO — A police officer’s dashboard camera captured a dangerous traffic stop on Oct. 28 in New Mexico.
According to KABC-TV, the incident turned into a wild scene when the driver took off as she was being ticketed for driving 71 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone.
Officers then opened fire on her minivan with her five kids inside.
In the video, Oriana Ferrell and a state police officer are arguing over a ticket. After the cop walks off, Ferrell drives away and is pulled over again by the same officer.
The dash cam shows the officer trying to pull Ferrell out while the five kids inside scream.
Finally, Ferrell agrees to get out and talk, but the conversation doesn’t last long. Ferrell and the cop struggle as she tries to get back into the van.
The woman’s 14-year-old son gets out of the van and rushes the officer, trying to defend his mom.
Ferrell starts to drive off while another officer fires at the minivan full of kids as young as six.
KABC-TV reported that a four-minute high speed chase ensues, as the woman is cutting into wrong way traffic before eventually pulling over and giving up in front of a hotel.
Ferrell was charged with five counts of abuse of a child, aggravated fleeing an officer, resisting an officer, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Her 14-year-old son was charged with battery of an officer.
The family is reportedly from Tennessee, but was taking a road trip through New Mexico.
It was reported that both officers are under investigation.
Read more: KABC-TV