St. Louis (AP) - A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper has been released from the hospital and is resting at home after being struck by an alleged drunken driver during a routine traffic stop Sunday morning, authorities say.
The trooper, Cpl. Jeremy M. Potocki, 32, of Weldon Spring, was struck about 8:30 a.m. Sunday after he pulled over a motorist on southbound Interstate 55, a half mile south of Union Road.
Potocki was standing on the shoulder of the road with his car and a second car when a third car veered off the road and hit the trooper's vehicle, which was forced forward, hitting the trooper and the stopped motorist's car.
Potocki, the trooper, suffered serious injuries. He was treated at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Sgt. Al Nothum, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said Potocki was released from the hospital late Monday night and sent home to recuperate.
"He's pretty sore, he was beat up pretty good," Nothum said.
Nothum said he expects the injured trooper will be able to return to work.
Drivers of the two other cars also were injured.
Michael P. Haley, 43, of Arnold, the driver of the car that veered off the road, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and second-degree assault. Haley was taken to St. Louis University Hospital by helicopter with moderate injuries. After hitting one car, his own car, a Jetta, rotated back into the road and hit the center median.
The driver of the car pulled over by the trooper was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital with minor injuries.