Charges dropped against Tenn. boy in Taos incident

Charges dropped against Tenn. boy in Taos incident

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico prosecutor says charges have been dropped against a teenager whose mother led police on a high-speed chase in a videotaped incident during which a State Police officer fired at her fleeing minivan carrying five children.

The son of Oriana Farrell of Memphis, Tennessee, had been accused of battery and assault in connection with a scuffle with officers during a traffic stop near Taos last October. Nobody was injured by the officer's gunfire.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Taos-area District Attorney Donald Gallegos says charges are being dropped against the youth because of concern for his future.

The Associated Press is not identifying the son, who was 14 years at the time, because of his age.

Charges remain pending against the mother. She has pleaded innocent.

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