Arkansas state trooper sued for allegedly inflicting a pregnant lady’s automotive to flip throughout visitors cease

Arkansas state trooper sued for allegedly causing a pregnant woman's car to flip during traffic stop

An lawyer for Janice Nicole Harper filed the lawsuit final month in Pulaski County, the county seat of Little Rock. Harper, who was two months pregnant on the time of the July 9, 2020, incident, alleges Arkansas State Police Trooper Rodney Dunn negligently carried out the PIT maneuver that resulted in a motorcar collision.

Alan C. Johnson, an Arkansas State Trooper and Dunn’s supervisor, together with Col. William Bryant, Arkansas State Police director, are additionally named within the swimsuit.

The swimsuit additionally states that Arkansas State Police failed to coach Dunn within the applicable method of initiating a visitors cease on a highway with extraordinarily diminished shoulder and in correct and protected PIT maneuver approach.

Source has reached out to the Arkansas State Police for a press release. Source has not been in a position to attain Dunn, and it’s unknown if he has an lawyer.

According to the lawsuit, Harper was touring on US Highway 67 when Dunn clocked her rushing — she was going 84 mph in a 70 mph zone. The swimsuit states that Dunn activated his emergency lights to provoke a cease on Harper. Within seconds of the trooper initiating his overhead lights, Harper turned on her blinkers and dropped her velocity to 60 mph and moved into the best journey lane.

According to the Arkansas Driver License Guide, when drivers are being stopped by the police, they need to activate their flip sign or emergency flashers to point they’re searching for a protected place to cease and pull over to the best facet of the highway.

However, resulting from concrete boundaries and a diminished shoulder on each side of the highway, Harper was unable to soundly cease her car on the best or left shoulder, in keeping with the lawsuit.

Dashcam video from Dunn’s patrol automotive on the evening of the incident exhibits Harper touring in the best lane together with her hazard lights on and slowing down. In the video obtained by Source, Dunn carried out a PIT maneuver on Harper’s car allegedly inflicting her to lose management, flipping the automotive on its prime.

“There were no exits or shoulder for Plaintiff to safely exit the highway, before Defendant Dunn negligently executed a PIT maneuver on Plaintiff’s vehicle two minutes and seven seconds after Defendant Dunn initiated his Arkansas State Police patrol cruiser overhead lights, which caused Plaintiff’s vehicle to flip.” the lawsuit acknowledged.

Dunn was seen within the dashcam video approaching the wreckage. As he helps her out, he’s heard asking her, “why didnt you stop?”

Harper is heard telling Dunn “because I didn’t feel like it was safe”.

Harper was cited within the incident for rushing and failure to yield to an emergency car, Denton mentioned.

The video additionally exhibits that Harper advised the trooper she was pregnant as she makes an attempt to get out of the flipped SUV. An lawyer for Harper advised Source his consumer did maintain undisclosed accidents within the accident and sought medical therapy. Harper’s unborn baby was not harmed, in keeping with lawyer Joe Denton.

“Defendant Dunn’s conduct constituted a reckless attempt to engage in conduct that created substantial risk of physical injury to Plaintiff,” the lawsuit learn.

Source’s Amir Vera contributed to this report.

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