A routine stop turns hairy when cops in pull over a minivan and open fire when the driver speeds away.
In that minivan, Orianna Ferrell was driving with her five kids, one as young as 6 years old, from Memphis, Tennessee, on vacation in northern New Mexico, reports CNN’s Miguel Marquez.
Video of the incident show a shocking series of events.
Cops pull Ferrell over for doing 71 in a 55 zone. Ferrell and the state police officer argue over the ticket, but then she speeds away. The police chase and catch up with her and the altercation escalates.
“Ferrell gets out of the van, they argue…when the officer tries to arrest her she heads for the door,” Marquez reports. “That's when Ferrell's 14 year old son Hezekiah jumps out of the van. He struggles with and distracts the police as his mother jumps back into the van; then he does too.”
Police attempt to extract the family members, taking a baton to the window, but Ferrell drives off again and three shots are fired into the minivan.
“Ferrell in full-on flee mode, breaking seemingly every rule in the traffic book. Finally she stops at a hotel in Taos, New Mexico,” Marquez says.
Both she and her son were arrested, and are now out on bond, her remaining four kids in state custody.
Among other things, Ferrell has been booked for fleeing, child abuse, and battery.