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What Is a PIT Maneuver? Nicole Harper Incident Throws Spotlight on Police Tactic
Harper was two months pregnant when her SUV was flipped over by an Arkansas state trooper trying to force her to pull over.Nicole Harper was just over two months pregnant when her vehicle was flipped upside down on a highway outside Jacksonville in July 2020. She was driving at about 60 miles per hour when Officer Rodney Dunn used a PIT maneuver to stop her car.
An Arkansas woman is suing a state trooper after he used a "pursuit intervention technique" ( PIT) to try to pull over her car, reports.
According to a lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, 38-year-old Nicole Harper, who was pregnant during the incident, was driving at 84 mph in a 70-mph zone on U.S Highway 167 in Jacksonville, Ark. when the trooper signaled for her to pull over after flashing his lights and using his siren.
According to , the woman appeared to change lanes and putting on her blinker. Harper's attorney told NBC News that she was attempting to pull over, but given the narrow shoulders she wanted to find an exit so she could safely stop.
Dramatic Video Shows Arkansas State Trooper Flip Pregnant Woman's SUV Using PIT Maneuver
The woman, Nicole Harper, believed her baby was killed the incident, her lawyer told NBC News Harper's lawyer, Andrew Norwood, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Representatives of the Arkansas Attorney General - which is representing the state police - declined to comment citing the pending litigation. Just over two minutes after he began following Harper, Dunn reportedly used the "precision immobilization technique" - also known as the PIT maneuver - to force her vehicle to come to a stop.
The footage then shows the trooper using a PIT maneuver, tapping his car on the back of her car causing Harper's car to swing left before eventually flipping upside down.
Asked why she didn't stop when the trooper made his way to her car, Harper can be heard saying in the video "Because I didn't feel like it was safe."
According to NBC News, Harper's attorney said that when Harper was taken to the emergency room, she was told by a doctor that they couldn't detect a heartbeat. After visiting her OB-GYN the following day, a heartbeat was able to be detected and the baby was born in February.
A spokesperson for the Arkansas State Police was not immediately for comment.
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