An legal professional 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.
Harper stated she slowed down, however did not instantly pull over as a result of there was no secure place for her to take action.
“The shoulder didn’t have sufficient room for my automobile alone, however my ideas had been additionally he, the officer, did not must be standing beside my automobile there. Like there actually was not sufficient room,” she informed CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
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 site visitors cease on a street with extraordinarily lowered 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 capable of attain Dunn, and it’s unknown if he has an legal professional.
In line 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 go well with 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 line 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.
Nonetheless, on account of concrete limitations and a lowered shoulder on each side of the street, Harper was unable to securely cease her car on the appropriate or left shoulder, in line with the lawsuit.
“If you happen to watch a bit of bit extra of the video … it was a bit of bit earlier than the place he hit me, you may discover an indication that claims the exit is one mile away. Simply after he hit me, the street type of turns and it opens up. And the shoulder does get larger. There may be more room. And it could have been a lot safer,” Harper stated.
Dashcam video from Dunn’s patrol automobile on the night time of the incident exhibits 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 car allegedly inflicting her to lose management, flipping the automobile 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 car two minutes and 7 seconds after Defendant Dunn initiated his Arkansas State Police patrol cruiser overhead lights, which induced Plaintiff’s car 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 did not you cease?”
Harper is heard telling Dunn “as a result of I did not really feel prefer it was secure”.
“I assumed he was getting on to me, telling me I used to be doing one thing fallacious, and in my thoughts I used to be doing precisely what I used to be alleged to be doing. And I used to be making an attempt to maintain us each secure,” Harper stated.
Harper was cited within the incident for dashing and failure to yield to an emergency car, Denton stated.
However, in line with Harper the trooper couldn’t have thought she was making an attempt to get away.
“I do not perceive how they’re charging me with fleeing after I wasn’t fleeing. That does not make any sense in any respect to me,” she stated.
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 legal professional for Harper informed CNN his consumer did maintain undisclosed accidents within the accident and sought medical therapy. Harper’s unborn little one was not harmed, in line with legal professional Joe Denton. Harper informed CNN the child is now 4 months outdated and doing nicely.
“Defendant Dunn’s conduct constituted a reckless try to have interaction in conduct that created substantial danger of bodily harm to Plaintiff,” the lawsuit learn.
CNN’s Amir Vera contributed to this report.