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Woman given 42 1/2 years for running over SD trooper

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CANTON (AP) — A 26-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to running over a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper while drunk has been sentenced to 42 1/2 years in prison.

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

Trooper Andrew Steen tried to pull Coleman over on Oct. 17, 2012, but she led authorities on a 20-minute chase. It ended in a parking when Steen got out of his vehicle to try and stop Coleman, but she accelerated and ran him over. Coleman was shot by other officers and arrested nearby. Steen suffered a broken ankle, a skull fracture and traumatic brain injury.

Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Craig Price says the patrol is satisfied with the outcome.

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