VIDEO: In Traffic Stop Chaos, NM Officer Fires at Van

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  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pair of New Mexico state police officers are under investigation and a mother and her 14-year-old son are facing charges after a routine traffic stop turned to chaos with the teen physically confronting one officer and another firing shots at a minivan carrying children.

    Details of the recent stop emerged when KRQE-TV obtained video from the dashboard camera of the police cruiser that pulled the family of six over for speeding near the northern New Mexico tourist town of Taos.

    The footage taken Oct. 28 showed driver Oriana Farrell, 39, disobey the officer’s orders, including driving off after being told to take her keys out of the vehicle.

    The Memphis, Tenn., woman was pulled over again and the situation escalates as she pleads for lenience while refusing the officer’s orders.

    She eventually exits the vehicle, but tries to get back in the van as the officer tries to restrain her.

    The TV station’s edited video shows at least two of her five children get out of the vehicle to confront the officer in her defense.

    Farrell ushered the smaller child back into the van as the 14-year-old struggled with the officer. The teen got back in the vehicle and shut the door after the officer appears to pull out his stun gun.

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