A high-speed chase Monday (Oct. 28) ended with the arrest of a 39-year-old woman and her 14-year-old son.
Oriana Farrell was stopped by a New Mexico State Police officer shortly after 1:30 p.m. while driving along Highway 518 and was cited for exceeding the speed limit as well as for possessing an expired registration, Lt. Edwardo Martínez told The Taos News.
Farrell refused to sign the citations and drove away, the lieutenant added.
The state police officer then pursued Farrell until she stopped about one mile down the road. At that point, Martínez said the officer approached the vehicle to apprehend the driver and found five youths inside the minivan with Tennessee license plates.
“They rushed him,” Martínez said, alleging Farrell’s 14-year-old son attacked the officer and the family drove away again.
Law enforcement officerspursued the vehicle on Highway 518 and north on Highway 68 as it traveled at speeds in excess of 80 mph, according to the lieutenant.
Roughly 10 minutes after the state police officer initiated the traffic stop, Farrell stopped in front of Hotel Don Fernando and was taken into custody along with her son.
She was charged with five counts of abuse of a child, aggravated fleeing an officer, resisting an officer, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.
Farrell’s son was arrested on charges of battery of an officer and resisting arrest. The Taos News does not disclose the identities of juveniles involved in criminal cases.
Officials from the state Children, Youth and Families Department assumed custody of Farrell’s four other children who ranged in age from six to 18 years old.
Martínez said the children were then placed in the care of local residents known to the family.