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Large show of support at courthouse for trooper who was struck by drunk driver

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man accused of driving drunk and hitting a Missouri State Trooper may still serve jail time for hitting a Missouri State Trooper.

Michael Haley, 44, was arrested for second degree assault and DWI in May 2014 after dash cam video captured the incident. Missouri Trooper Jeremy Potocki pulled over a speeder along I-55 in south St. Louis County. Video shows Potocki taking the driver away from traffic when Haley's car comes crashing into them.

Potocki suffered serious brain and back injuries. He says he will never be a Missouri State Trooper again. And what makes the situation worse for Potocki and his wife Marie is the lack of severity in punishment against Haley.

The DWI charge from the incident is Haley's second DWI offense. Under a plea agreement, Haley was expected to be sentenced to 120 days in jail with five years on probation and the Potockis said that is unacceptable. Prosecutors later took that deal off the table.

“The charge for hitting me is a five year minimum sentence, in my opinion,” Potocki said, “He's getting off easy.”

The Potockis were at a hearing for Haley Friday morning, where many came to support Michael Haley. Prosecutors said the case against Haley could still be tried. He is due back in court next week. Potocki's attorney said Potocki will have a say in any future plea bargain.

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