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 go well with.
The go well with additionally states that Arkansas State Police failed to coach Dunn within the acceptable method of initiating a visitors cease on a highway with extraordinarily decreased shoulder and in correct and protected PIT maneuver method.
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 dashing — she was going 84 mph in a 70 mph zone. The go well with 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 pace to 60 mph and moved into the fitting 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 looking for a protected place to cease and pull over to the fitting facet of the highway.
However, as a consequence of concrete obstacles and a decreased shoulder on each side of the highway, Harper was unable to soundly cease her car on the fitting or left shoulder, in line with the lawsuit.
Dashcam video from Dunn’s patrol automobile on the evening of the incident exhibits Harper touring in the fitting 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 automobile 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 dashing and failure to yield to an emergency car, Denton mentioned.
The video additionally exhibits that Harper instructed the trooper she was pregnant as she makes an attempt to get out of the flipped SUV. An lawyer for Harper instructed Source his shopper did maintain undisclosed accidents within the accident and sought medical remedy. Harper’s unborn youngster was not harmed, in line 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.