A lawyer for Janice Nicole Harper filed the lawsuit last month in Pulaski County, the county seat of Little Rock. Harper, who was two months pregnant at the time of July 9, 2020, incident, claims Arkansas State Police Trooper Rodney Dunn negligently performed the PIT maneuver that resulted in a motor vehicle collision.
Alan C. Johnson, an Arkansas State Trooper and Dunn’s supervisor along with Colonel William Bryant, Arkansas State Police Director, are also named in the suit.
The case also states that Arkansas State Police failed to train Dunn in the proper manner to initiate a traffic stop on a road with extremely reduced shoulder and in proper and safe PIT maneuvering technique.
CNN has reached out to Arkansas State Police for a statement. CNN has not been able to reach Dunn, and it is not known if he has a lawyer.
According to the lawsuit, Harper was traveling on US Highway 67 when Dunn was looking at her fast speed ̵
According to the Arkansas Driver License Guide, when drivers are stopped by police, they must activate their turn signals or hazard warning lights to indicate that they are looking for a safe place to stop and pull over to the right side of the road.
However, due to concrete barriers and a reduced shoulder on both sides of the road, Harper was unable to safely stop his vehicle on his right or left shoulder, according to the trial.
Dashcam video from Dunn’s patrol car the night before the incident shows Harper traveling in the right lane with her danger light on and braking. In the video obtained by CNN, Dunn performed a PIT maneuver on Harper’s vehicle, which allegedly caused her to lose control and turn the car on its head.
“There were no exits or shoulders for the plaintiff to get safely off the highway before defendant Dunn negligently performed a PIT maneuver on the plaintiff’s vehicle two minutes and seven seconds after defendant Dunn initiated the overhead light of his Arkansas State Police patrol cruiser, which received the plaintiff’s vehicle to turn. “the stated litigation.
Dunn was seen in the dashcam video approaching the wreck. As he helps her out, he is heard asking her, “why didn’t you stop?”
Harper is heard telling Dunn “because I did not feel it was safe”.
Harper was cited in the incident for speeding and failure to surrender to an emergency vehicle, Denton said.
The video also shows Harper telling troopers that she was pregnant when she tried to get out of the flipped SUV. An attorney for Harper told CNN that his client maintained unknown injuries in the accident and sought medical attention. According to attorney Joe Denton, Harper’s unborn child was not injured.
“Defendant Dunn’s conduct constituted a reckless attempt to engage in conduct that created a significant risk of physical harm to Plaintiff,” the lawsuit reads.
CNN’s Amir Vera contributed to this report.