June 22, 2021

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 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 acceptable method of initiating a site visitors cease on a street with extraordinarily decreased shoulder and in correct and protected PIT maneuver approach.

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

In accordance with the lawsuit, Harper was touring on US Freeway 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. Inside seconds of the trooper initiating his overhead lights, Harper turned on her blinkers and dropped her velocity to 60 mph and moved into the correct journey lane.

In accordance 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 protected place to cease and pull over to the correct aspect of the street.

Nevertheless, resulting from concrete boundaries and a decreased shoulder on each side of the street, Harper was unable to securely cease her automobile on the correct or left shoulder, based on the lawsuit.

Dashcam video from Dunn’s patrol automobile on the night time of the incident exhibits Harper touring in the correct lane together 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 automobile on its high.

“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 brought about Plaintiff’s automobile 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 cease?”

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

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

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

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

CNN’s Amir Vera contributed to this report.

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