A state trooper who was assaulted on Thanksgiving Day could be back on light office work by next week.
Trooper Amanda Signs received a broken nose, multiple lacerations and bruises. The trooper will have to undergo reconstructive surgery.
Authorities say Signs was trying to arrest Robert Stocks when the man attacked the trooper on Joe Stocks Road in Pitt County.
The Highway Patrol says her doctors and the patrol's physician must first okay her return to work. It could be a month before Signs is allowed to return to road patrol.
Sergeant Ernie Coleman says Signs just returned to the road about 4 or 5 months ago after having a baby. He said she could have been beaten to death if bystanders did not step in and help her.
Stocks remains in jail on a $200,500 bond.