A scary scene was captured on video inwhere a state trooper deliberately bumped into a pregnant woman’s car and caused it to hit the median and turn around.
The officer said he performed the approved maneuver because the driver was driving too fast and did not pull out. The driver, Janice Harper, said it was not safe to stop, CBS News reports Jericka Duncan.
The video is now evidence in a lawsuit.
Harper was on his way home from the movies last July when ArkansasRodney Dunn tried to pull her over to go too fast.
Video from Dunn̵
Dunn hits Harper’s car about two minutes later.
The maneuver caused the SUV to turn on the highway, hit the inside and turn.
Dunn can be heard calling EMS before pulling in and talking to Harper as she helps her out of the car.
“Are you the only one in the vehicle?” Dunn asks.
“Yes, I’m pregnant,” Harper replies to him.
Then Dunn can be heard telling her, “Well madam, you’ll have to pull over when we tell you.”
Harper points out to Dunn that her turn signals were on.
“It doesn’t matter, madam,” he says.
Harper says, “I thought it would be safer to wait until the end.”
“No ma’am, you retire when law enforcement stops you, OK,” Dunn replies.
According to a guide in the Arkansas driver’s license, a driver must “activate your turn signal or hazard warning lights to indicate to the officer that you are looking for a safe place to stop when he is stopped by police.”
A new lawsuit from Harper claims, “there were no exits or shoulders to [Harper] to get safely off the highway. “
In the video, Dunn Harper recounts that he performed a “PIT maneuver” for “when people flee from us or do not stop.”
“I did not flee,” she replies.
Legal documents claim that Dunn “performed a negligent PIT maneuver” – a persecution intervention technique that endangers “her life and the life of her unborn child.”
Harper told Little Rock station KLRT that she thought she would lose her baby.
“What if I had kids in the car? I mean, he would not have known. Was it something?” Told Harper station. “What went through his head? What made him think it was OK?”
Harper’s baby was OK and is now 4 months old. While the full extent of the injuries is not known, Harpers’ attorney said they have heard from several other people who say similar things have happened to them.
CBS News reached out to state police for comment and has not heard anything back.