Lincoln County Judge Sentences Woman to 42.5 Years For Running Over State Trooper
In the early morning hours of October 17, 2012, South Dakota State Trooper Andrew Steen attempted to pull Rachel Coleman over on suspicion of driving under the influence. After a chase through Sioux Falls that saw speeds reach 80 mph, Trooper Steen got out of his car as he had Coleman stopped. She ran over the Trooper before her car was disabled near 47th & Western. Steen spent months in the hospital recovering from life-threatening brain injuries while Coleman awaited sentencing. That finally happened today (Friday April 11) as Coleman was sentenced in a LIncoln County (SD) court room.
Coleman was sentenced to 50 years for assault with 10 years suspended. She was also sentenced to five years for DWI with half of the sentence suspended. The sentences will be served consecutively (a total of 42.5 years) and 'began' in October 2012 when she was taken into custody.
Coleman must also pay restitution, court costs and attorney costs.
Trooper Steen was finally able to return to service in February 2014.