Charges may be dropped in minivan shooting case

Charges may be dropped in minivan shooting case

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – The Tennessee woman whose minivan was shot at by state police near Taos may have the charges against her dropped for now.

Oriana Farrel, 39, was pulled over last October near Taos for speeding, but fled.

She was pulled over again, but refused to obey the officer. Farrel and one of her children struggled with the officer before she fled again. That’s when an officer shot at her car.

He was later fired.

Farrel is facing charges of aggravated fleeing, child abuse and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

An appeals court judge is proposing that the charges against Farrel be dropped because of a mistake in the grand jury process. The district attorney now has a chance to file a response to the court.

Even if the charges are dropped, the DA could indict Farrel again through another grand jury. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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