Woman given 42 years for running over SD trooper - KOTA Territory News

Woman given 42 years for running over SD trooper

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A woman who pleaded guilty to running over a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper while drunk has been sentenced to more than four decades behind bars.

A Lincoln County judge sentenced Rachel Lee Coleman for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and driving under the influence.

It was October 2012 when Coleman took police on a chase across county lines after a failed traffic stop. The chase ended in Lincoln county - which is where she attacked Trooper Andrew Steen with her car.

Coleman was back in Lincoln county Friday - where a judge sentenced her to 42 and a half years in prison.

"In the proud history of the patrol, aside from those troopers who lay their lives down in the line of duty, I can't think of a series of more severe injuries that have been received or sustained by a trooper, other than this case, now I'm sure that there are others out there but this would be certainly, in the top five," said Tom Wollman, Lincoln County State's Attorney.

"Unfortunately, you just feel like it's a lose, lose, you know, the family's been through a tough time, her family is obviously going through a tough time, it's just when these poor decisions are made, there's just serious consequences and they affect everybody, for a lifetime," said Capt. Alan Welsh, South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Coleman spoke at the end of her sentencing - she says she's sorry - admitted she has an alcohol problem and knows she needs help. She asked for mercy and for justice.

Steen suffered a broken ankle, a skull fracture and traumatic brain injury.

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