LITLE ROCK (KTVU) - An Arkansas State Trooper allegedly mistook a fellow trooper for a suspect and then intentionally ran him over, according to KLRT in Little Rock.
Trooper Alan Aiken was rushing through traffic on his way to a police scene on January 11, 2017 before he struck Arkansas State Lieutenant John Overman. Overman is now filing an official complaint for life long injuries and is accusing Aiken of being a threat to public safety, reports Arkansas State Police.
The video shows a man running toward what appears to be the scene of a crime, all witnessed through Trooper Aiken’s dash camera. And as Aiken is turning onto a gravel residential road, the officer on foot is nearing the same point of entry. But Aiken doesn’t slow despite a clear view of a human approaching his path.
The injured Overman believes Aiken saw him running in street clothes, mistook him for being a suspect, and intentionally used his vehicle to take him down. But it wasn’t a suspect. And the vehicle rolled over Overman’s legs. The video shows Overman attempt to walk it off, but by the end he’s walking with the support of another trooper.
The official complaint filed by Overman discloses examples of pursuits Aiken has since been on where he has shown poor judgment. Additionally, Overman reports that Aiken still sees the January incident as a joke, going as far as suggesting they use a piece of his damaged bumper to make a plaque to remember the incident, KLRT said.
Arkansas police are investigating the matter and now have ordered Aiken to be removed from any pursuits he is involved in.