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Arkansas trooper retires after pulling dramatic PIT maneuver on wrong car

Arkansas State Police officials say a trooper has retired after he crashed his vehicle into the wrong car during a pursuit.

The incident happened on Sunday on Interstate 40. At around 8:30 p.m., the trooper performed a tactile vehicle intervention (TVI), also called a PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver, “in error” during a pursuit near mile marker 265.

Authorities said the trooper had been in pursuit of two vehicles traveling faster than 100 mph. One of the vehicles being chased was a white, four-door sedan.

Unfortunately, the trooper in pursuit misidentified a bystander’s vehicle as the suspect’s car and executed the PIT maneuver, crashing into the wrong car and bringing it to a halt.

A FOX16 investigation that year revealed that PIT maneuvers were increasingly being used by the Arkansas State Police. Between January 2017 and December 2020, PIT maneuvers were used 306 times, with half of those happening in 2020, according to the local news outlet.

At least 30 people have died and hundreds more have been injured since 2016 from PIT maneuvers, according to the Washington Post. Eighteen of those deaths occurred after police attempted to stop a person for speeding or another minor traffic violation.

Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.

Chris Pandolfo is a writer for Fox News Digital. Send tips to chris.pandolfo@fox.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisCPandolfo.

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