Officer fires at minivan

Three New Mexico State Police officers react as a minivan driven by motorist Oriana Farrell pulls away from a chaotic traffic stop that included one officer bashing the van’s window with his night stick and another, Elias Montoya, at left, firing three shots as the van drives off, in this video made Oct. 28, from the dashboard camera of the police cruiser. Montoya, the officer who fired at the van full of children, has been suspended. (AP Photo/New Mexico State Police)


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico prosecutor says charges have been dropped against a teenager whose mother led police on a high-speed chase in a videotaped incident during which a State Police officer fired at her fleeing minivan carrying five children.

The son of Oriana Farrell of Memphis, Tennessee, had been accused of battery and assault in connection with a scuffle with officers during a traffic stop near Taos last October. Nobody was injured by the officer's gunfire.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Taos-area District Attorney Donald Gallegos says charges are being dropped against the youth because of concern for his future.

The Associated Press is not identifying the son, who was 14 years at the time, because of his age.

Charges remain pending against the mother. She has pleaded innocent.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,

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