Trooper Could Return To Office Duty By Next Week

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.

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  • by anonymous Location: greenville on Dec 1, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    To frank and data man: look at green co arrests a man has similar charges and his bond is only 50,000... guess this guys is higher cause it was a women, thanksgiving day, and in pitt co, this community has nothing better to do than gossip
  • by don Location: greenville on Dec 1, 2009 at 07:54 PM
    i agree with todd, females should deal with female suspects. sorry but if a women is equal then why do people think this guy should get more punishment because it was a women.....
  • by sue Location: greenville on Dec 1, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    doesnt sound like a typical car accident, there were signs of trouble. maybe back up should have been called sooner to prevent the fist fight and not have 21 officers flying down the highway endangering the community for the arrest of one man with no weapon. but maybe she followed protocol idk but do hope for a fast recovery. i had my nose broke last year was surgery and better in 2 week. hopefully u will do well.
  • by JJ on Dec 1, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    Thank you for all of your service to this community. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers daily.
  • by Data Man on Dec 1, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    To Frank, you are being too nice. He shouldnt get a bond and he she automaticlly get 20yrs and another 15yrs probation and it should be a felony!
  • by Citizen Location: Washington on Dec 1, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    Glad that she will recover. The sad part to this is that it's a misdemeanor to assault and beat down a law enforcement officer. However if one steals pine straw on posted land in this state it's a Felony. Think about that, do you really think the lawmakers really care about law enforcement in this state.
  • by noval Location: pitt on Dec 1, 2009 at 12:41 AM
    I hope Dayquon doesn't speak any other language but english. Anyway, I'm happy to know that trooper Signs is recovering and is getting better. Hurray! to people like you. God Bless you and your family...
  • by Todd Location: 7 springs on Nov 30, 2009 at 09:54 PM
    Thank you for serving our citizens, hope you will recover quickly. I am on what is probably considered the politically incorrect side of this debate and feel that females should deal with only female suspects. I work daily with women staff in a male only psych ward and they commonly say "I cant lift that , I cant escort that violent patient, I cant search that patient, I cant lift that laundry bag, i cant lift that trash bag, I cant set limits or enforce the rules with that patients, - long story short the male staff do the work the females get paid the same. It is crap and unfair to the male staff. Sorry if that sounds mean or unfair or sexist, it is the real truth
  • by Frank Location: New Bern on Nov 30, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    200,500 bond is a disgrace! You attack and attempt to kill a law enforcement officer and you should get an unsecure bond!
  • by Suzanne Location: Greenville on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    Thank you Trooper Signs for your service. I am so happy to hear that you are expected to fully recover. I hope this incident doesnt discourage you from continuing your career in law enforcement.
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