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Mom In Chase Where Police Fired At Van Of Kids To Face Judge

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Posted at 6:03 AM, Jul 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 16:48:24-04

TAOS, N.M. (AP) - A Tennessee woman accused of 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 is set to face a judge.

Oriana Farrell is scheduled Monday to appear before a judge in the tourist town of Taos after her lawyer and prosecutors reached a plea agreement last week.

The 41-year-old 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.

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