An Arkansas point out trooper sent a expecting woman’s SUV flipping for the duration of a higher-speed freeway chase — with newly produced dashcam footage exhibiting the aftermath of the wreck.
Nicole Harper, 38, who survived the harrowing incident, is now suing the division.
Harper, who was two months expecting at the time, reported she feared she misplaced her little one previous yr when Trooper Rodney Dunn deployed a “PIT maneuver” — short for pursuit intervention technique, NBC News documented.
The then-expectant mother, who was clocked undertaking 84 mph in a 70-mph zone, promises she was simply seeking to uncover a secure location to pull above.
“It’s essentially a bowling alley with bumpers on both of those sides,” said her attorney, Andrew Norwood. “There’s nowhere to go. You’re boxed in by concrete barriers on the two sides.”
For additional than two minutes on July 9, Dunn attempted to pull Harper above on US-167 in Jacksonville when he nudged the back again of her SUV with his cruiser — sending Harper out of the blue veering remaining and out of the dashcam’s check out.
Harper’s SUV struck the median and is picked back up on the footage following it came to a rest on its roof.
“Why did not you quit?” the trooper is heard inquiring her.
“Because I didn’t truly feel like it was risk-free,” Harper answered.
“Well this is where by you ended up,” Dunn stated. “Ma’am, you obtained to pull about.”
But Norwood identified as the trooper’s go “reckless” and reported it “created substantial risk of bodily damage.”
A health care provider in the emergency area that evening explained to Harper that he could not detect a fetal heartbeat — despite the fact that her individual medical professional did the future working day.
The infant woman was born in February.
Harper was charged with rushing and failing to produce to an crisis auto. Her lawsuit was filed past month in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
A spokesperson for Arkansas condition law enforcement declined to remark to NBC.