Court eyes tossing charges against Memphis woman in NM van shooting

By: AP
By: AP

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- A proposed state appeals court order would dismiss charges against a Tennessee woman whose van was chased and shot at by a New Mexico State Police officer during a chaotic October traffic stop.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a New Mexico Court of Appeals judge proposed Monday tossing the criminal case against Oriana Farrell.

Last year, a New Mexico State Police officer shot at Farrell's van carrying her five children after she twice sped off and was stopped by another officer for speeding outside of Taos. Video of the shooting gained national attention and the officer was later fired.

Farrell, of Memphis, Tenn., is facing charges of fleeing an officer, child abuse and other charges.

The Taos district attorney can challenge the appeals court's proposal.

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