An Arkansas state trooper despatched a pregnant girl’s SUV flipping throughout a high-speed freeway chase — with newly launched 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 pregnant on the time, mentioned she feared she misplaced her child final 12 months when Trooper Rodney Dunn deployed a “PIT maneuver” — quick for pursuit intervention approach, NBC Information reported.
The then-expectant mother, who was clocked doing 84 mph in a 70-mph zone, claims she was merely looking for a protected spot to tug over.
“It’s essentially a bowling alley with bumpers on both sides,” mentioned her lawyer, Andrew Norwood. “There’s nowhere to go. You’re boxed in by concrete barriers on both sides.”
For greater than two minutes on July 9, Dunn tried to tug Harper over on US-167 in Jacksonville when he nudged the again of her SUV together with his cruiser — sending Harper abruptly veering left and out of the dashcam’s view.
Harper’s SUV struck the median and is picked again up on the footage after it got here to a relaxation on its roof.
“Why didn’t you stop?” the trooper is heard asking her.
“Because I didn’t feel like it was safe,” Harper answered.
“Well this is where you ended up,” Dunn mentioned. “Ma’am, you got to pull over.”
However Norwood known as the trooper’s transfer “reckless” and mentioned it “created substantial risk of physical injury.”
A physician within the emergency room that night time instructed Harper that he couldn’t detect a fetal heartbeat — though her personal physician did the following day.
The infant woman was born in February.
Harper was charged with dashing and failing to yield to an emergency car. Her lawsuit was filed final month in Pulaski County Circuit Court docket.
A spokesperson for Arkansas state police declined to remark to NBC.