ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A Tennessee woman has reached a plea deal after being charged with child abuse and fleeing from police during a chaotic 2013 traffic stop in which a New Mexico officer shot at her minivan full of children.
Prosecutors in the tourist town of Taos and an attorney for 40-year-old Oriana Farrell announced the agreement Monday. The details of the deal are expected next week, when her trial was scheduled to start.
Farrell was traveling through New Mexico when she sped away from police twice and was stopped by another officer. An officer fired three shots toward Farrell's van carrying her five children when she drove away.
No one was injured. The officer, who said he was aiming at a tire, was fired.
Farrell has said she was trying to protect her family when she sped away.