(Taos, NM) The Memphis mother arrested after a controversial police chase in New Mexico is speaking out about the ordeal.
Oriana Ferrell was arrested late last month after the chase.
She refused to stop for officers two times when they tried to pull her over.
During the incident, Ferrell’s 14-year-old son got out of the car and shoved an officer before his mother drove away again.
That prompted officers to fire shots at the car with Ferrell and her children inside. Another officer used his baton to break out the glass in a window.
Ferrell and her son were later arrested when the chase ended at a hotel.
Ferrell was arrested on a number of charges including child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Her son is charged with battery.
On Thursday, The Taos News published a handwritten editorial written by Ferrell defending her actions.
Here are some excerpts:
“After witnessing uniformed police officers fire shots at a van carrying my five children, I have learned that the value of their lives only matters so much as criminal charges against me are concerned. A uniformed officer can shoot three bullets at my van and be considered to be “doing his job”, but my doing what I can to get my own children away from such a terrifying individual has been termed “child abuse” and “endangerment,” according to New Mexico law.
Ask the superintendent of Memphis City Schools who I am. Or you can inquire about my person from the many Memphis City Police chaplains that I have worked alongside in various capacities. You can always speak with the families of the homeschool groups that I have run, as well as the many community service agencies I have worked and implemented programs with. Any number of these individuals will tell you that I am a most loving, caring and peaceful person who helps others daily, and that my own children are at the top of that list.
I hope that someone reads this editorial and comes to know more about the real me, and not the one misportrayed and demonized by the Taos media. I hope that someone takes the time to think about how this ordeal is affecting myself, and most importantly my children. They do not deserve this and neither do I.”
An internal inquiry into the chase and the officer’s actions is expected to be completed as early as next week.
The officers involved in the crash are still on the job.