The woman who admitted to running down trooper Andrew Steen during a drunk driving arrest and chase nearly two years ago will spend more than 40 years in prison.
In court, 26-year-old Rachel Coleman received the maximum sentence of 42.5 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on law enforcement and her fourth DUI in January.
Friday morning, members of Trooper Steen's family spoke about the impact this incident has had on their lives. Steen, himself, also addressed the court, at times fighting back tears. He talked about how he doesn't remember the next six weeks after the chase, only that he had his gun drawn. He said something that night made him fear for his life where he had to use his gun.
Defense attorney Cynthia Berreau says Coleman was scared, so she tried to run from authorities when they tried to pull her over.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol sent this statement Friday afternoon:
Now that Rachel Coleman has been sentenced for her crimes, this case will have worked its way through South Dakota’s criminal justice system. We are satisfied with that outcome.
Throughout this process, our attention has been on Trooper Andrew Steen and his family as the courageous trooper recovered from life-threatening injuries and worked his way back to full duty with the Highway Patrol. Andrew returned to full duty on Feb. 4 of this year. We are thankful for his full recovery and pleased that he is back on duty protecting and serving the citizens of South Dakota.
KELOLAND's Ben Dunsmoor was in the courtroom. Read this LIVE Twitter updates: