WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An Arkansas woman is suing a state trooper whose PIT maneuver caused her car to overturn in a crash that happened on July 9, 2020.
- Rodney Dunn’s dashboard camera caught the moment when he was chasing Janice Harper, who was pregnant at the time, for speeding.
- While the full extent of injuries is not yet known, Harper’s baby was OK and is now already 4 months old.
An Arkansas state trooper, who performed a PIT maneuver, sent a woman’s vehicle flipping during a high-speed highway chase. The dashcam footage showing the chase and the aftermath of the wreck has been released publicly.
Nicole Harper, who was two months pregnant at the time, is now suing the police department.
The 38-year-old woman survived the incident but said she was terrified about losing her baby. On July 9, Trooper Rodney Dunn performed a “PIT maneuver” — short for Pursuit Intervention Technique.
Harper said Dunn chased her for doing 84 mph in a 70-mph zone. She explained she did not stop right away because she was trying to find a safe spot to pull over on US-167 in Jacksonville.
“It’s essentially a bowling alley with bumpers on both sides,” said her lawyer, Andrew Norwood. “There’s nowhere to go. You’re boxed in by concrete barriers on both sides.”
Dunn was trying to pull Harper over for more than two minutes when he nudged the back of her SUV with his cruiser. The impact caused the vehicle to veer left and out of the camera’s view.
Harper’s SUV hit the median and is picked back up on the dashcam after it hit the inside wall and flip.
“Why didn’t you stop?” Dunn is heard in the video asking Harper.
“Because I didn’t feel like it was safe,” she answered.
“Well this is where you ended up,” Dunn said. “Ma’am, you got to pull over.”
For Harper’s lawyer, what Dunn did was “reckless” and said it “created substantial risk of physical injury.”
Harper was taken that night to a hospital where a doctor in the emergency room told her that he could not detect a fetal heartbeat. Her OB-GYN did the next day.
In February, Harper gave birth to a baby girl. While the full extent of injuries is not yet known, Harper’s baby was OK and is now already 4 months old.
Harper’s charges were speeding and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. She filed a lawsuit last month in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
Source: New York Post