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

2021-06-11 07:40:22

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 motorized vehicle 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 site visitors cease on a street with extraordinarily diminished shoulder and in correct and secure PIT maneuver method.

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

In keeping with the lawsuit, Harper was touring on US Freeway 67 when Dunn clocked her dashing — 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. Inside seconds of the trooper initiating his overhead lights, Harper turned on her blinkers and dropped her pace to 60 mph and moved into the appropriate journey lane.

In keeping with the Arkansas Driver License Information, 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 secure place to cease and pull over to the appropriate facet of the street.

Nevertheless, resulting from concrete limitations and a diminished shoulder on each side of the street, Harper was unable to securely cease her automobile on the appropriate or left shoulder, in keeping with the lawsuit.

Dashcam video from Dunn’s patrol automotive on the evening of the incident reveals Harper touring in the appropriate lane along with her hazard lights on and slowing down. Within the video obtained by CNN, Dunn carried out a PIT maneuver on Harper’s automobile allegedly inflicting her to lose management, flipping the automotive on its prime.

“There have been no exits or shoulder for Plaintiff to securely exit the freeway, earlier than Defendant Dunn negligently executed a PIT maneuver on Plaintiff’s automobile two minutes and 7 seconds after Defendant Dunn initiated his Arkansas State Police patrol cruiser overhead lights, which induced Plaintiff’s automobile to flip.” the lawsuit said.

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

Harper is heard telling Dunn “as a result of I did not really feel prefer it was secure”.

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

The video additionally reveals 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 CNN his consumer did maintain undisclosed accidents within the accident and sought medical therapy. Harper’s unborn little one was not harmed, in keeping with lawyer Joe Denton.

“Defendant Dunn’s conduct constituted a reckless try to interact in conduct that created substantial threat of bodily harm to Plaintiff,” the lawsuit learn.

CNN’s Amir Vera contributed to this report.

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