- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper has been released from the hospital after sustaining injuries from an assault during a traffic stop near Rapid City.

The state Department of Public Safety said Friday that 10-year veteran trooper Zachary Bader left a Rapid City hospital where he was recovering from serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Authorities say he was assaulted on Interstate 90 last month.

Col. Craig Price is superintendent of the Highway Patrol. Price says he looks forward to the day Bader can return to duty.

Four Washington state residents are charged in the incident. The most serious charges are against 33-year-old Donald Willingham, who’s accused of attempted murder.

Authorities say they recovered more than 50 pounds of marijuana, $33,000 in cash and a handgun after the incident.

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