Mom may face new charges in van chase, shooting

TAOS, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico prosecutors aim to file new charges against a Tennessee woman in a chaotic traffic stop and chase last year during which a New Mexico State Police officer fired shots at her minivan full of children.

Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos told KRQE-TV ( ) this week that he will present Oriana Farrell’s case before another grand jury sometime this month.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals tossed Farrell’s charges, including fleeing an officer and child abuse, last week. A lawyer for the Memphis woman didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.

Last year, a state officer shot at Farrell’s van carrying her five children after she twice sped off and was stopped by another officer for speeding near the tourist town of Taos. Video of the shooting gained national attention, and the officer was later fired.