A pregnant woman is suing the state police after an officer tried to pull her over for alleged speeding and caused her car to flip out of control.
Dramatic dashcam video of the incident last July shows the Arkansas trooper performing a dangerous manoeuvre on a dark motorway while trying to stop a red SUV.
Driver Janice Nicole Harper, who was pregnant at the time, moves into the right lane and turns on her hazard lights as the police gives chase.
But seconds later, officer Rodney Dunn rams into the back bumper of her car, causing the vehicle to spin and hit the inner wall.
The officer turns back and notices that Janice’s car has flipped on its side, with smoke billowing from the bonnet.
Officer Dunn is heard reporting over on the radio: “Captain, they hit the inside wall. They rolled over, get me EMS starting.”
He then heads over to Janice and questions her why she didn’t pull over.
“Because I didn’t feel like it was safe,” the traumatised woman answers, to which the police replies: “Well, this is where you ended up.”
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The 39-year-old mum feared she had lost her baby and was left with “hellacious bruises”.
Luckily, Janice gave birth to her now fourth-month-old baby in February.
Last month, she filed a lawsuit against officer Dunn and other officials with the Arkansas State Police and asked for damages and a commitment to changes at the state police agency.
Janice was accused of driving 14mph over the speed limit in a 70mph zone, according to the lawsuit.
But she claimed she was “unable to safely stop her vehicle on the right or left shoulder due to concrete barriers and a reduced shoulder being on both sides of the road… leaving [her] no room to safely pull over her car”.
Her attorney Andrew Norwood mentioned that the “precision immobilisation technique” (PIT) has killed at least 30 people and left hundreds injured since 2016.
He commented on the video: “It doesn’t take a genius to look at that video and realise that officer was in the wrong.
“A reasonable person looks at that video and knows, without even knowing the law.”
Colonel Bill Bryant, head of the state police, defended the officer’s tactics in a statement, saying: “In every case a state trooper has used a PIT manoeuvre, the fleeing driver could have chosen to end the pursuit by doing what all law-abiding citizens do every day when a police officer turns on the blue lights – they pull over and stop.”