Woman Sues Arkansas State Police After PIT Maneuver That Overturned Her Car While PREGNANT

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A woman is suing Arkansas state police after he overturned her car during a car chase while pregnant.

Nicole Harper was driving 60 miles per hour at the time of the incident, which occurred on US Highway 167 in Jacksonville, Arkansas on July 9, 2020.

She said Senior Cpl. Rodney Dunn ‘negligently’ performed the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), causing her car to whirl across lanes before flipping over.

Dashcam footage of the shocking incident, obtained by Harper’s legal team, shows a car chasing another vehicle before hitting the vehicle’s bumper, causing it to swing out of view.

The police vehicle with the dashcam then makes a U-turn and approaches the vehicle, which rolls over and smokes. The airbags have inflated and debris is on the side of the highway.

Harper, 38, was clocked while traveling 84 mph in a 70-degree zone, according to the civil lawsuit filed last month in the Pulaski County Circuit Court.

It says Dunn “was unable to stop her vehicle safely on the right or left shoulder due to concrete barriers and a reduced berm on both sides of the road… [her] no room to safely park her car’.

A woman sues an Arkansas police officer after he overturned her car during a car chase while pregnant

A woman sues an Arkansas police officer after he overturned her car during a car chase while pregnant

Nicole Harper was driving 60 miles per hour at the time of the incident, which occurred on US Highway 167 in Jacksonville, Arkansas on July 9, 2020

Nicole Harper was driving 60 miles per hour at the time of the incident, which occurred on US Highway 167 in Jacksonville, Arkansas on July 9, 2020

After Dunn turned on his cruiser’s lights, Harper slowed to 60 mph and turned on her emergency flashers.

Dunn continued to track Harper’s vehicle for about two minutes before hitting the left rear bumper, slamming the car into a concrete barrier.

In the footage, Dunn gets out of his vehicle and talks to Harper, who is in the car.

“I thought it would be safer to wait for the exit,” she tells him.

“No ma’am, you must stop if the police stop you,” he replied, trying to help Harper out of the vehicle.

‘We call that a PIT maneuver. When people flee from us… that’s what happens.’

The Arkansas State Police and other troops use the maneuver to intentionally hit cars during chases, causing them to spin away.

In the video, Dunn replied that she “didn’t feel.” She was charged with failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Harper said Senior Cpl.  Rodney Dunn (pictured) performed the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) 'negligently', causing her car to race across lanes before flipping

Harper said Senior Cpl. Rodney Dunn (pictured) performed the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) ‘negligently’, causing her car to race across lanes before flipping

After Dunn turned on his cruiser's lights, Harper slowed to 60 mph and turned on her emergency flashers.  Dunn continued to track Harper's vehicle for about two minutes before hitting the left rear bumper, slamming the car into a concrete barrier.  Pictured: Dunn (right)

After Dunn turned on his cruiser’s lights, Harper slowed to 60 mph and turned on her emergency flashers. Dunn continued to track Harper’s vehicle for about two minutes before hitting the left rear bumper, slamming the car into a concrete barrier. Pictured: Dunn (right)

Harper’s attorney Andrew Norwood told… NBC News that she had gone to bed that night assuming her unborn child had died in the crash.

“She cried herself to sleep,” he said.

Norwood claimed the PIT maneuver constituted “deadly force” and said the concrete barriers Harper said prevented her from stopping safely ended up about 20 seconds down the road.

He said the exit Harper mentioned in the footage was only a mile away.

Speak with Fox news on Wednesday, Norwood said his client “wants policy change.”

“She thinks they should look at policies around PIT maneuvers and re-evaluate their use.

“What has been done is ridiculous. … It is extremely dangerous what has been done.’

An investigation by the network in May revealed an increased use of PIT maneuvers by the Arkansas state police.

At least 30 people have died and hundreds more have been injured in PIT maneuvers since 2016, The Washington Post reported, adding that 18 of those deaths occurred after police attempted to stop a driver for speeding or other minor traffic violations.

Dashcam footage of the shocking incident, obtained by Harper's legal team, shows a car chasing another vehicle before hitting the vehicle's bumper, causing it to swing out of view

Dashcam footage of the shocking incident, obtained by Harper’s legal team, shows a car chasing another vehicle before hitting the vehicle’s bumper, causing it to swing out of view

Arkansas State Police and other troops use PIT maneuvers to intentionally hit cars during chases, causing them to spin away

Arkansas State Police and other troops use PIT maneuvers to intentionally hit cars during chases, causing them to spin away

Norwood told Fox that the incident left Harper with “lasting terror” and that she cried when she first saw the video.

The attorney described Harper’s mindset: “What should I do in the future? Do I just stop in the middle of the road? Should I just lock it and hit the brakes in the middle of the road wherever I am, no matter what?

‘What if I’m on a bridge? Because the cop said in no uncertain terms in the video, “It doesn’t matter where you are, you just stop.”

He added that Harper was following what she was taught in driver training when she was stopped by an officer.

Fox reported that the Arkansas Driver License Study Guide reads: ‘Go to the right side of the road – activate your turn signal or emergency flashers to indicate to the officer that you are looking for a safe place to stop’.

“There is a fundamental state law that none of us should ever forget. All drivers are required by Arkansas law to drive safely off the roadway and stop when a police officer activates the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and siren. The language of the law is crystal clear,” Colonel Bill Bryant, director of the state police, said in a statement. The independent.

“If a driver makes the decision to ignore the law and flee from the police, state robbers are trained to consider their options.

“Based on the set of circumstances, a state trooper can use spike strips to deflate the chased vehicle’s tires, perform a boxing technique to stem the chase causing the driver to come to a stop, perform a PIT maneuver or end the chase.” .

“Most Arkansas state police chases end without the use of a PIT maneuver.”

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