Oriana Farrell jailed – New Mexico State Police Officer fired for firing at a van full of kids

 

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New Mexico — The New Mexico State Police Officer, who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a hectic traffic stop, has been fired.

On October 28, 2013, New Mexico State Police Officer Tony DeTavis stopped Oriana Farrell, 39, for speeding. Farrell’s license was also expired. According to reports, Farrell argued with Officer DeTavis over the ticket he had issued to her for speeding, and as Officer DeTavis was returning to his vehicle, Farrell decided to take off with a minivan loaded with children.

According to Officer DeTavis, he pulled Oriana over again and then ordered her out of the minivan but she refused to comply.

At one point, Officer DeTavis stated, Oriana’s son exited the van and rushed him. Police backup arrived shortly after.

According to reports, during the scuffle Oriana and her children got back into the van and proceeded to flee for a second time. As Oriana drove off, Officer Elias Montoya fired shots at the minivan full of children, some as young as six years old, according to reports. Oriana led police on a chase at speeds of 100 MPH with her children in the minivan.

Officer Montoya was placed on administrative leave with pay earlier this week following an investigation into the shooting, which took place outside the northern New Mexico tourist town of Taos. However, Lieutenant Emmanuel Gutierrez, a State Police spokesman, said he confirmed with State Police Chief Pete Kassetas that Officer Elias Montoya is no longer employed by the department. Montoya’s termination was effective at 5 p.m. on December 6, 2013. Montoya has 30 days to file an appeal for his firing.

Montoya wrote in a police report, “I aimed at the left rear tire in an attempt to immobilize the vehicle.”

On Tuesday, he was notified that the agency proposed to fire him, and Kassetas, in consultation with Department of Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden, made the final decision after a disciplinary hearing Thursday.

Gutierrez issued a brief statement on the firing, but agency rules prohibit additional public comment because it’s a personnel matter that can be appealed.

Montoya had worked for the New Mexico State Police for 12 years with no prior complaints.

Oriana and her son were arrested in front of a hotel after the chase came to an end. She faces charges of Child Abuse, Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for a pair of marijuana pipes that authorities say were in the van. She has since been released on bond.

Ocala Post was unable to obtain information on Oriana’s son; however, Ocala Post did obtained the full dash cam video from State Police.

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  • Lee Will

    I saw a woman that was not cooperating with what a person from law enforcement asked her to do.
    While I dislike the idea of Police, I also think its incredibly stupid to disobey a direct order to stay and wait for him to come back.
    She drove off, wouldn’t comply with what the officer asked her to do, which was step out of the vehicle. He just wanted her to step out of the vehicle, so he knew she wouldn’t drive off again. She wouldn’t listen. She started screaming and yelling and being combative and causing stress and fear in her children. When she was removed from the vehicle, her son then comes up and starts attacking the officer. Not sure if you realize but attacking a police officer is punishable by ARREST. He is trying to arrest her son because he broke the damn law. They asked for them to open the door, and comply, but they did not. So the window was shattered so they could open it. But mom AGAIN starts a chase that becomes a high speed pursuit where she reaches speeds of 100mph, strikes another car and drives off, then pulls into a hotel. Where she and her son are arrested. How was any thinking on her part rational? Any NORMAL person would have just signed the damn paper and not caused such a problem in the first place. But these days you say “Police Brutality due to Racism” and they think its a get out of jail free card.
    And as for the officer that shot? No, I don’t think he should have been fired. He was merely trying to shoot the tires out, not gun down people in the vehicle. When his (small) target was outside his target range, he stopped shooting. He was not in the wrong. That psycho bitch ended a 12 year unremarkable career of an officer. Because her ass couldn’t afford a ticket. Stupid woman.

  • steelers01

    There’s the rub. It was NOT a lawful order nor a lawful stop you cunt and to champion the gang in blue just makes you the same dumbass as the pile of shit cop! He had his badge and gun rightfully removed from him when they fired his scumbag ass. Why he isn’t doing time in jail is just bullshit from the gang in blue. Let me guess, also a double Obama voter?

    • dave

      Have you ever had anything intelligent to say? Nope! You are dumb as dirt.

      • steelers01

        Ah, stalker Dave. Welcome back loser!

        • dave

          Says the chickenhawk. You still talking garbage.

          • steelers01

            Does being a loser just come naturally to you little boy or do you have to work at it in order to get so damn good? Worthless Davey the punk. Nice to have my stalker back in action.

          • dave

            You continue to entertain, you bloviating chickenhawk. You sound just as stupid as your hero, Trump. Why don’t you just go whack off to your death porn? That and your sick masturbation is as close to violence as you’ve ever been.

          • steelers01

            You didn’t have to say a thing about Trump for all to know you are a worthless liberal puke Davey boy. I don’t even know what death porn is little fellow and my wife of 32 years would be a bit upset if I ever masturbated instead of taking care of her. Now Davey, tell everybody how your boyfriend is doing? Could you be any more of a loser?

          • dave

            The only way you could be married to the same woman for 32 years is if she were deaf & dumb, or you never saw each other. Don’t even pretend any woman wants you to “take care” of her.

            Why do you pretend that I am gay? Is that an insult in your book?

          • steelers01

            There is pathetic stalker davie boy. A dicksucker is exactly the way I peg you little fellow with no life.

          • dave

            So you are a closeted homosexual, huh? No surprise.

            Yup, you remain pathetic, lying in every statement you make. Sucks to be you!

          • steelers01

            There’s that single digit IQ we all have come to expect from worthless Davey boy. Get a life scumbag. Could you be any more pathetic and worthless?

          • dave

            I am obviously way more intelligent than you are, so what, do you have a negative IQ?

            Ah yes, the wimp-ass chickenhawk calling someone else pathetic. You are such a hoot!

          • steelers01

            That is obvious only to your dumbass little boy. A little boy like yourself calling me a chickenhawk. How rich little fellow. You spew over the computer like you are thinking that you are tough little fellow. Let’s set up a meeting and see just how much you spew to my face little boy?

          • dave

            Yes, YOU are a chickenhawk. And yes, I AM tough.

            “Let’s set up a meeting and see just how much you spew to my face little boy?” – I have already tried this with you, multiple times. Each and every time I have suggested it, you come back with “how much will you bet?”, which is completely bogus.

            You remain pathetic.

  • Lee Will

    Pretty sure they only agreed because they didn’t want a fricken riot!

  • [o⊥ɐΛ]

    I hope you marry that idiot chimpanzee driver, you two make the perfect idiotic couple.

    • steelers01

      Another fucking idiot spewing.

      • [o⊥ɐΛ]

        I think you are living in the wrong country. There are rules that you idiots have to follow. What kind of piece of shit do you idiots think you are? If I was that cop I would have hit you and her fucking brain to see if I could put your brain into place so you can think straight.
        You don’t deserve special treatment, you are just another piece of shit in this planet.

        • steelers01

          Hey skippy, it is YOU that is the piece of shyte! This woman didn’t commit murder or rob a bank. She was SPEEDING! Does this deserve a bullet? Worse yet, the van was full of children. Did they deserve to die because mama was speeding on the road? Just FOAD you worthless pile of shyte!

          • [o⊥ɐΛ]

            So? Why she didn’t fucking stop and did what the officer told her to do? If the van is full of monkeys who gives a shit, did you notice how one of them attacked the officer? They fucking need a lesson. And I’m not really sure if you are a super idiotic person or you are trolling on the internet because you don’t have anything better to do. but in any case what you are trying to defend is pointless.

          • steelers01

            Monkeys eh you racist pile of shit? I think it is time for a worthless, illiterate scumbag such as yourself to die..

          • [o⊥ɐΛ]

            Yes, Im brown and proud of it. Fuck whites and fuck blacks.

          • steelers01

            No skippy, you are just a scared, wannabe tough guy faggot trying to be relevant at anything and failing miserably.

          • [o⊥ɐΛ]

            Gosh you almost made me cry, take it easy chicken skin! Now are you trying to describe who am I? That’s cool because I didn’t have any idea who I was until I met you! Good thing we are not talking in person because you would wake up with a stick in your ass in the middle of nowhere with a Mexican mafia logo tattooed in your whity ass, bahahah.

          • steelers01

            You have always known that you are a worthless scumbag pile of shyte. Quit the lying little skippy boy. If you ever met me in person you wouldn’t do SHYTE little boy…except maybe shyte down both legs before running away.

          • [o⊥ɐΛ]

            hahahaahahahahahhHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA please tell me more, what else would I do? hahahaahahahahaahahahaha

          • steelers01

            IDK….go blow your brother?

          • [o⊥ɐΛ]

            Is that what you usually do and that’s why you have a screwed up brain?

  • Anik Iqbal

    who is to say that an unstable woman, possibly on drugs and driving at 100mph to evade cops with children inside her van isn’t a bigger threat to the children and others on the road than a cop who shoots at the tire of a car to keep it from fleeing?

    I’m all for accountability in police force, but with murderers of Michael Brown and Eric Garner not facing the consequences, I’m not sure I even care about this.

  • Kain

    I can probably bet the bank that the cops have far more experience in shooting their guns than that nut job had with driving a mini van full of kids down twisting busy roads at 100+ MPH.

  • Rutger Linde

    Why should a police officer be fired for doing his job? In this case there was no anomalies, no exceeded violence, just highly reasonable police work.

  • Rutger Linde

    “The gang in blue” does sometimes act out of control, too often. Not in this case. The first police officer was very calm and respectful. But the woman in the van ran away, not once but twice. Why? Drugs in the car? Illegal guns? So it was way passed a ordinary traffic stop.
    Anyway, the other police officers arriving only knew that this was someone who has tried to get away from the police. And then she drives away again.
    Shooting at the tires was clearly justified.

  • Thierry Dumessie

    No he should not been fired over this,the mother herself is repsonsible, because of her actions her kids were in danger by driving and shooting. The offficer just did his duty and aimed for the tire and not the Van itself.

  • Peter Okeefe

    sorry but the moment the cop had her out of the vehicle he should have immobilized it…take the keys puncture tires..anything to protect the children from a deranged women…bad mistake..he had her and let his feelings(fear of being called racist?) get in the way. Did he think she was suddenly normal?? she was going to comply?? Find out if she owned the car and pick her up later…away from the kids..not there fault god gave them a horrid mom. Cops fault!! bad police work

  • cjordan

    steelers01 You’re a real case aren’t you?! I’ve been reading your backwards mindset throughout this thread and you really need to get your priorities straight, and if you don’t, I hope you’ll be put behind bars as well! This officer deserves a medal for how patient he was, and whether shots were fired or not, this mother endangered the lives of her children, PERIOD!!

    • tj Holt

      Fuck you skippy! You call it your way and I will call it the way it went down. You hope I get put behind bars? For what skippy boy? Stating that a traffic ticket is NOT a reason to fire on car with a woman and children? If you think that was okay then you are the fucked up POS scumbag. Fuck you very much skippy.

      • cjordan

        Who the hell are you??? Looks like you changed your name because I don’t know who the hell Tj Holt is, I was talking to the moronic ramblings of steelers01, but whatever! And what’s this Skippy crap? You’ve got it completely backwards moron. I’m calling it the way it went down, and you’re calling it as you see it. You know why?
        Because 1) Reckless endangerment of her own children in the car is wrong!
        2) Driving with an expired license is wrong!
        3) Resisting Arrest is Wrong!
        4) Fleeing from and Eluding police is wrong!
        5) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for a pair of marijuana pipes found in the car is Wrong!
        6) Endangering other pedestrians and motorists on the road is Wrong! That’s what I’m defending and there’s no opinions involved here, only facts and I’m defending the facts, YOU DO NOT RUN FROM THE POLICE!! and if you need this explained to you, you must be a grade A moron. You’re calling this as you see it you brainless jackass and that’s also not my opinion but a fact!

        • tj Holt

          Fuck you skippy! One does NOT get shot by an out of control cop for ANY of that spew above. I never said that the woman’s actions were correct. Not at all. She just wasn’t going to go anywhere and her nor her children needed to die for ANY of your penny ante bullshit spewed above. FOAD you loser puke. Hopefully you are the next one to be shot by one of these out of control cops. FYI before you spew…..I am a 58 year old man who has never had so much as a parking ticket in my life so spare me your libspew.

          • cjordan

            Libspew???? LOL!!!!!!! I’m not a liberal you moron!! I’m a conservative! To correct you again you sociopath, YES, your TIRES do get shot at when you flee from the police TWICE you dumbass! LOL!!!

  • cjordan

    FACTS for why the mother was wrong:
    1) Child Abuse,
    2) Fleeing and Eluding The Law,
    3) Resisting Arrest,
    4) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for a pair of marijuana pipes found in the van
    5) Reckless driving endangering the lives of other motorists on the road.
    and I’ve witnessed people in this thread defending her behavior ALL BECAUSE SHE HAS KIDS!! So typical of our society to resort to emotions rather than common sense and logic. The officer said he was firing at the lower left tire, no where near the children, and her children had no problem jumping out of the car and getting involved when they shouldn’t have. The facts are in black and white, the mother was wrong, that’s not an opinion, it’s a fact! End of story.

  • cjordan

    steelers01 Notice how no one likes you on here, and everyone is in disagreement with you. You’re an absolute joke thinking you are actually making a point, but in fact you couldn’t be more of an embarrassment to your kind.

  • cjordan

    FACTS for why the mother was wrong:
    1) Driving With An Expired Drivers License,
    2) Child Abuse,
    3) Fleeing and Eluding The Law,
    4) Resisting Arrest,
    5) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for a pair of marijuana pipes found in the van
    6) Reckless driving endangering the lives of other motorists on the road.
    and I’ve witnessed people in this thread defending her behavior ALL BECAUSE SHE HAS KIDS!! So typical of our society to resort to emotions rather than common sense and logic. The officer said he was firing at the lower left tire, no where near the children, and her children had no problem jumping out of the car and getting involved when they shouldn’t have. The facts are in black and white, the mother was wrong, that’s not an opinion, it’s a fact! End of story.

  • BlackLivesDon’tMatter

    They should have shot this dumb bitch and her retarded kids.