Video shows pregnant woman's car flip over after officer's PIT maneuver

A woman is suing an officer saying his PIT maneuver was 'negligently performed' causing her car to roll over in a crash caught on video.

6/11/2021 9:51:00 AM

A woman is suing the officer who attempted to stop her for speeding, saying his PIT maneuver was 'negligently performed,' causing her vehicle to overturn.

A woman is suing an officer saying his PIT maneuver was 'negligently performed' causing her car to roll over in a crash caught on video.

Woman sues after cop flips carJanice Harper is suing the Arkansas State Police after officer Rodney Dunn flipped her car on an Arkansas highway in July 2020.Courtesy Denton & Zachary, PLLCA woman is suing the officer who attempted to stop her for speeding, saying his PIT maneuver -- short for Precision Immobilization Technique -- was"negligently performed," causing her car to overturn in a crash caught on video.

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Janice Harper, who said she suffered"severe" injuries in the July 9, 2020, rollover in Pulaski County, Arkansas, filed a lawsuit last month against the trooper who stopped her, Rodney Dunn, as well as his supervisor and the director of the Arkansas State Police. The suit also names 10 John Does -- whose identities are unknown to Harper -- who she and her attorney, Andrew Norwood, claim were responsible for teaching Dunn the PIT maneuver and authorizing its use at the time.

On the night of the crash, Dunn allegedly clocked Harper, who was pregnant at the time, driving 84 mph in a 70 mph zone and put on his emergency lights to begin a traffic stop of her car, according to the lawsuit.Within four seconds of Dunn's police lights turning on, Harper claimed she hit her blinker, slowed to 60 mph and moved to the right lane. Harper argued she wasn’t able to stop safely because of a narrow shoulder and concrete barriers, the suit said.

Within 14 seconds of turning on the cruiser lights, Dunn allegedly"floored" his car and sped up to less than one car length away from the back of Harper’s car, the suit said. Within 15 seconds of the cruiser lights, Harper said she activated her emergency flashers to indicate she was looking for a place to stop, which is seen on the dash camera video provided to ABC News by Norwood.

In the video, Dunn is seen pulling up beside her and then again following behind her down the highway for a couple of minutes before bumping the back of Harper's car. The car skidded across the road and flipped over, deploying the airbags.In a PIT maneuver, an officer uses his or her front bumper to touch the corner of the suspect’s back bumper, causing the car to spin and come to a stop.

The suit claimed the PIT maneuver was executed 2 minutes and 7 seconds after Dunn put on his overhead lights and there were no exits or shoulders for her to stop safely before that time.In the video after the crash, Harper can be heard saying,"I thought it would be safer to wait until the exit." The officer replied,"No ma’am, you pull over when law enforcement stops you."

"When I pulled up alongside of you, you saw I was a state trooper ... we call it a PIT maneuver, when people flee from us ... all you had to do was pull over," the officer says.Courtesy Denton & Zachary, PLLCA trooper walks around Janice Nicole Harper's overturned car on U.S. Highway 167 in Pulaski County, Ark., on July 9, 2020, in police dash cam footage provided to ABC News by attorney Andrew Norwood.

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Harper's attorney said she didn't pose a threat to anyone and Dunn’s use of force"was excessive" and"not reasonable under the circumstances."The suit alleges the state police and Dunn's supervisor failed to train and supervise"regarding the rules, regulations, procedures and policies applicable to the proper application of PIT maneuver during a traffic stop."

"Dunn did not know better. The Arkansas State Police failed to train Defendant Dunn in the appropriate manner of initiating a traffic stop on a road with an extremely reduced shoulder and the Arkansas State Police failed to train Defendant Dunn in proper and safe PIT maneuver technique," the suit said.

Dunn could not immediately be reached for comment.The state police did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment. Arkansas State Police director told Little Rock station KARK-TV in a statement that there has been a 52% increase in drivers ignoring police traffic stops in the last five years.

"All drivers are required under Arkansas law to safely pull off the roadway and stop when a police officer activates the patrol vehicle emergency lights and siren," the statement said, according to KARK-TV."The Arkansas State Police began using the Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) over two decades ago," the statement said."Trooper recruits while attending the department’s academy receive comprehensive initial training in the use of PIT. All incumbent troopers receive recurring annual training in emergency vehicle operations which includes PIT instruction."

"Harper requested a jury trial and an award of damages, including, but not limited to, actual, compensatory, special, consequential, and punitive damages exceeding $100,000," the suit said. Read more: ABC News »

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Both parties are idiots Interesting 🤓 my grandpa WW11 purple 💜 veteran drove drunk all the time and never got caught! I have 2 past DUIS and went to really shitty places. On my way to work a woman in a new BMW with her babies in the car was driving the wrong way down the street and could have killed

Cops are out of control. Not immediately stopping is no reason to endanger a life. He needs to drive a desk or be fired completely That was dumb. She dumb. The agency better get out a blank check. This is an unreasonable amount of force for someone who is speeding. Absolutely no reason to utilize a tactic that could easily result in death or significant injury’

Now charge that POS with attempted murder and than we are on to something. She acknowledged to that shit head that she is aware that she is being pulled over by turning on her hazard lights,she slowed down while looking for a safe place to pull over. Damn ego complex issues I totally agree!!! “Speeding car won’t stop and a car chase began which threatened other cars”. She was the law breaker. Just stop!

Sounds like dumb law enforcement and I’m pro law enforcement PIT maneuver is going too far for a traffic 🛑stop. Did this person just rob someone at gun point? This is excessive! I’m, there was plenty of room to pull over safely & the fact that she’s making that excuse indicates she knew the officer was behind her & made no attempt to stop. & the out maneuver looked like a textbook pit. Maybe pull over instead of being a twit.

Video shows woman's car flip over after officer's PIT maneuverA woman is suing the officer who attempted to stop her for speeding, saying his PIT maneuver was 'negligently performed,' causing her vehicle to overturn. Naturally cut the full footage. Anyways, she got what she had coming. Play stupid games win stupid prizes Intentionally causing an accident should be illegal.

She had her hazards on in compliance and probably looking for an exit for safety for both her and him...but of course power honed with patience is a rarity. مقطع فيديو يعرض لأول مرة يوثق اعتداء من السجانين الإسرائيليين على عشرات الأسرى الفلسطينيين وهم مُقيدين في سجن النقب عام 2019 👎Her parents obviously failed her and now she is going to fail her kid! She broke the law and then thought she was above it. The world is laughing at how uncivilized Americans are and acting like ignorant spoiled brats! Poor police having to deal with this trash daily!

Решение подать в суд на полицейского обречено на провал. В любом государстве. Вердикт тут всегда один- не превышай скорость! Lol!! Thee ol’ oxi-Moron! 😂👊🏽 GTFOH Negligence by the office. She slowed down was NOT trying to escape ...... looks like she was trying to find a spot to pull over. A pit maneuver for Speeding!? SMH

I think the officer did the best job stopping this woman from killing someone on the road. I think that woman needs a reality check and sued for speeding. She'll win and the public will pay. I thought once the lights come on you pull over? We need police to protect us from police.

Nicole Harper incident throws spotlight on police's use of PIT maneuverHarper was two months pregnant when her SUV was flipped over by an Arkansas state trooper trying to force her to pull over. Good! Has the identity of the trooper who elected to do this come out yet?

I hope she fucking wins. Just look at the video provided here. There is plenty of room to pull over her car.

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