VIDEO: 100+ MPH PIT Maneuver Launches Trooper's Patrol Vehicle

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Arkansas State Trooper Michael Shawn Ellis suffered non-life threatening injuries in the collision.

Fort Smith, AR – Dashcam footage captured the moment when an Arkansas State Police trooper’s patrol vehicle went airborne during a deadly high-speed chase.

The incident began at approximately 6:30 a.m. on April 10, when a U.S. Forestry Service officer spotted a truck barreling through a red light, KFSM reported.

The driver, later identified as 34-year-old Justin Battenfield, then passed through the intersection by flying down the shoulder, the Arkansas Times reported.

The U.S. Forestry Service officer pursued Battenfield southbound on U.S. Highway 71, and was soon joined by a Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputy.

During the 20-mile chase, the suspect abruptly changed course and began heading northbound U.S. Highway 71, leading officers into the Witcherville community, the Arkansas Times reported.

Dashcam footage showed Battenfield swerving into oncoming traffic while barreling down the roadway.

Just before 7 a.m., the fleeing suspect turned eastbound onto Arkansas Highway 255, the Arkansas Times reported.

“Get up there and get him stopped, because he's driving on the wrong…side of the road and we need to get him stopped," a supervisor said over the radio. "I don't care if he's brake-checking you. Get this car stopped as soon as there's an opening on the highway."

Arkansas State Trooper Michael Shawn Ellis attempted to stop him using a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver a moment later.

Dashcam footage showed the patrol vehicle as it pushed into the side of the suspect’s truck at speeds of over 100 miles per hour, KHBS reported.

The force of the impact immediately caused Battenfield’s truck to roll off of the roadway and onto its roof.

The patrol vehicle then launched over the top of the suspect’s pickup, which continued to roll as the trooper’s car flew through the sky, snapped a utility pole, and overturned, landing on its roof.

Battenfield was killed in the collision, KFSM reported.

Trooper Ellis, a four-year veteran-of-the-force, was rushed to a Little Rock hospital, where he was admitted for non-life threatening injuries.

He has since been released from the hospital to continue his recovery at home, according to KHBS.

The Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division special agents are handling the ongoing investigation into the deadly collision, KATV reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning - Graphic Content:

Comments (59)
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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Holy cow.

Glad the officer will probably be okay; that's amazing. Launched 20' in the air, broke two poles and did a rollover and a half.

007karley
007karley

I wonder what the name/title of this new policy will be?!

SO glad the good guy is going to be ok.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

I'm guessing the NO "PIT maneuver" ink is still drying on the policy manual!!!! What a crash, wow!

cops-kid
cops-kid

Damn ! Now that’s how ya crash ! I’m glad blue made it out of that one ! He’s definitely sore the next day

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

That officer was damn lucky. Prayers are with him.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

So glad Trooper Ellis is going to be alright. What a video, can't say I have ever seen a pit like that! 🙏🏼💙🇺🇸

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

these idiots are going to have some span'n to do. using the pit maneuver at twice the recommended speed is criminal!

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Holy 💩....prayers for a "speedy" recovery Trooper Ellis. You had an Angel on your shoulder that day.

Dclement
Dclement

Officer Ellis must be related to them Duke boys! Not fully related cause he didn’t land on his wheels and drive off! Hell give the man an honorary pilots license!! Best wishes to your recovery Officer Ellis!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Way too fast for a PIT. Lucky the Ofc. survived.

Oink slayer
Oink slayer

Too bad he murdered that guy. Would have been nice if le piggy died as well

gottie
gottie

Glad he was killed instead of killing someone else

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

That, brothers and sisters, is definitely one to tell the grand kids! Glad the officer is going to be okay and the turd bit the dust. One less idiot to deal with.

bob443
bob443

That was awesome!! Glad you're okay. I'm okay with the perp not being okay too. Definitely makes the career highlight reel.

Sgt167
Sgt167

Undoubtedly not wearing a seatbelt he is ejected at the 13 second mark

LEO0301
LEO0301

I can just imagine his thoughts as the wheels left the pavement.

ikaika
ikaika

"Get up there and get him stopped."

"Yes, sir! Consider it done." No innocent lives were lost, thanks to the quick actions of Trooper Ellis. Be well, Trooper.

LEO-Retired
LEO-Retired

Non-Aviation Trooper or not, this trooper should be allowed to wear wings!!

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

After watching the video, I'm glad the Trooper lived after that crash. He had to use whatever force necessary to stop this maniac from killing someone on the road. Good job Trooper Ellis, praying for a speedy recovery.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

The take-off was certainly smoother than the landing! Glad the copper is going to be OK. He was following the orders he was given.

RobWes70
RobWes70

I remember the PIT training and it was discussed not to be used at speeds more than 60. That was some years ago maybe I missed an update

jsant277
jsant277

I suspect there will be some new limits on the speed that a pit maneuver can be initiated. 100mph is tad bit too fast for safety.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

WOW! 🍩 Give that officer the Golden Donut Award for Best Driving & Flying Maneuvers by a Motor Vehicle!


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