Janice’s lawyer, Nicole Harper, filed a lawsuit last month in Pulaski County, Little Rock County. Harper, who was two months pregnant on 9 July 2020.,, accident, claims Arkansas police soldier Rodney Dunn negligently performed a PIT maneuver that led to a motor vehicle collision.
Alan K. Johnson, an Arkansas state soldier and Dunn’s overseer, along with Colonel William Bryant, director of the Arkansas State Police, are also named in the case.
The lawsuit also alleges that Arkansas state police failed to properly train Dunn to begin stopping traffic on a road with an extremely reduced shoulder and in proper and safe PIT maneuvering techniques.
CNN contacted the Arkansas State Police for a statement. CNN failed to reach Dunn, and it is not known if there is a lawyer.
According to the lawsuit, Harper was traveling on U.S. Highway 67 when Dunn accelerated her speed to 84 miles per hour in a 70-mile zone. The suit states that Dunn activated his emergency lights to initiate a Harper stop. Seconds later, as the soldier initiated his headlights, Harper turned on the turn signals and reduced his speed to 60 miles per hour and moved into the right lane.
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However, due to concrete barriers and a lowered shoulder on both sides of the road, Harper was unable to stop his car safely on his right or left shoulder, according to the case.
Dashcam’s video of Dunn’s patrol car the night of the crash shows Harper traveling in the right lane with the emergency lights on and slowing down. In a video obtained by CNN, Dunn performed a PIT maneuver on Harper’s car, which she allegedly lost control by turning the car over.
“There were no exits or a shoulder for the plaintiff to exit the highway safely before defendant Dunn negligently performed a PIT maneuver on the plaintiff’s car two minutes and seven seconds after defendant Dunn initiated the lights of the Arkansas patrol cruiser, which caused the car to the plaintiff to turn. “The case said.
Dunn was spotted in the video of the video camera approaching the wreckage. As he helps her, he is heard asking her, “Why didn’t you stop?”
Harper is heard saying to Dunn “because I didn’t feel safe.”
Harper was quoted in the speeding and non-retreat incident as an emergency vehicle, Denton said.
The video also shows Harper telling the soldier she was pregnant while trying to get out of the overturned jeep. Harper’s lawyer told CNN that his client received undisclosed injuries in the incident and sought medical attention. According to attorney Joe Denton, Harper’s unborn child was not harmed.
“Defendant Dunn’s conduct was a reckless attempt at conduct that posed a significant risk of physical injury to the plaintiff,” the case said.
Amir Vera of CNN contributed to this report.