- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

HOUMA, La. (AP) - It took him five months to get out of a wheelchair and back on his motorcycle after a traffic wreck in September. But sheriff’s Lt. Keith Faul has reached his goal: he’s back riding in the squad that clears the way for Terrebonne Parish Mardi Gras parades.

Faul, 48, said he rode a three-wheeled motorcycle in the first couple of parades, but now is back on two wheels.

“I was a little nervous at first, but everything worked out fine,” he told The Courier https://bit.ly/1Q3DSl9 ).

The Sheriff’s Office has said Faul’s left arm and right leg were injured when a car pulled in front of him the evening of Sept. 7. Doctors operated on him for more than six hours the following day. Recovery required weekly physical therapy and involved occasional bouts of depression, Faul said.

“It’s been mental the whole time,” he said, adding that getting back onto his bike was all that mattered to him. “I kept telling myself, ‘I’ve got to get through this.’ That was my goal.”

Faul has been in the motorcycle parade detail for seven years.

He said Thursday’s ride required tight, narrow turns because there were people on both sides. “When we finished the first lap, I texted my wife that I’d been through the tightest turns in our parade. I did it and it felt good,” he said.

After Mardi Gras, Faul will return to investigating crashes, writing tickets and riding motorcycle patrols.

The crash that injured him remains under investigation.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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