Arkansas police rammed pregnant woman’s SUV in traffic stop: Lawsuit

An Arkansas woman says she had no safe place to stop in July 2020 when a state trooper tried to stop her for speeding, so she turned on her hazard lights and slowed down. Moments later, the officer rammed her vehicle, causing it to overturn and injuring the then pregnant woman, according to a lawsuit in May.

Dashcam recordings, received from a lawyer representing Janice Harper, shows Harper appearing to slow down with the hazard lights on after Soldier Rodney Dunn initiated a traffic stop. She drove on for about two minutes, during which time a concrete barrier was visible along the curb and no exits can be seen.

Two minutes and seven seconds after the police car turned on the lights for the first time, the patrol car struck the left trailing edge of Harper’s vehicle in a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver, often used in car chases, causing her vehicle to fall over the Highway swerved 67/167, hit a barrier and turned upside down.

The video received viral attention and was edited in early June Clip has been viewed more than 6 million times on social media.

When Dunn initially walked to her vehicle, Harper Dunn said she didn’t stop immediately because she didn’t think it was safe, according to dashboard cam footage.

“Well, this is where you landed,” replied Dunn.

Harper doubled her decision when Dunn insisted that according to dashboard cam footage, she should have stopped earlier.

“I had my flashing lights on,” said Harper. “I didn’t feel like it was safe.”

The lawsuit states that the Arkansas Driver License Study Guide tells motorists that hazards can be used to indicate that a driver is looking for a safe place to stop if they are stopped by the police. Drivers should “keep on the right side of the lane” [and] Activate your turn signal or emergency turn signals to indicate to the officer that you are looking for a safe place to stop. ”

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Harper’s lawsuit alleges that Dunn’s behavior during the attempted traffic stop, which includes the “negligently executed” PIT maneuver, resulted in Harper’s “physical injury, anguish, humiliation and embarrassment”. The lawsuit also names Arkansas State trooper Alan C. Johnson, who serves as Dunn’s supervisor, and Col. William J. Bryant, director of Arkansas State Police, as guilty of what happened.

According to Harper’s lawsuit, Johnson and the Arkansas State Police had a duty to ensure that Dunn “operated his vehicle on interstate highways with reasonable care and diligence.” In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Johnson and the department did not properly train Dunn on how to properly perform a “PIT maneuver during a traffic stop.”

Neither the Arkansas State Police nor Dunn responded to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

Bryant made a statement about the Arkansas State Police made by. was obtained KARK TVdefending the use and effectiveness of PIT maneuvers in stopping non-compliant drivers.

“In any case, a state trooper used a PIT maneuver and the fleeing driver could have ended the chase by doing what all law abiding citizens do every day when a police officer turns on the lights – they stop and stop. “Is the statement.

Harper’s pregnancy was not seriously affected by the crash and her baby is now four months old. according to a report from CBS News.

Dunn continues to work as an active state trooper, Arkansas State Police public intelligence officer Bill Sadler wrote in an email.

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