Arkansas state trooper sued for allegedly causing a pregnant woman's car to flip during traffic stop
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Janice Nicole Harper is accusing Arkansas State Police Trooper Rodney Dunn of performing a dangerous Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver during a traffic stop.
(CNN)An Arkansas woman is suing a state trooper after she claims he performed a dangerous pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver during a traffic stop, which caused her vehicle to flip on its top as she attempted to pull over.
Harper, who was two months pregnant at the time of the July 9, 2020, incident, alleges Arkansas State Police Trooper Rodney Dunn negligently performed the PIT maneuver that resulted in a motor vehicle collision.
The suit also states that Arkansas State Police failed to train Dunn in the appropriate manner of initiating a traffic stop on a road with extremely reduced shoulder and in proper and safe PIT maneuver technique.
The suit states that Dunn activated his emergency lights to initiate a stop on Harper.
In the video obtained by CNN, Dunn performed a PIT maneuver on Harper's vehicle allegedly causing her to lose control, flipping the car on its top.
"There were no exits or shoulder for Plaintiff to safely exit the highway, before Defendant Dunn negligently executed a PIT maneuver on Plaintiff's vehicle two minutes and seven seconds after Defendant Dunn initiated his Arkansas State Police patrol cruiser overhead lights, which caused Plaintiff's vehicle to flip. " the lawsuit stated.