A Kansas City police officer was seriously hurt in a crash in March 2012 by a man running away from other officers. Friday he was in court to see that man sentenced.
Friday at the Jackson County courthouse a suspect was sentenced for stealing a car then crashing into a Kansas City, MO, police officer, causing both of them to get brain injuries.
"It's definitely been a long road, a lot of ups and downs physically and mentally through this," said Officer Bradley Bailey.
It was a March 14, 2012 that changed the life of Bailey forever.
"I was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, a lot of swelling and bruising on my brain. I was off work for several months, had a lot of physical rehabilitation as well as dealing with some post-traumatic stress from the accident," he said.
The suspect who crashed a stolen car into Bailey also suffered traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for months.
Domanic Grimes was 18 when the crash happened. He walked out of the courtroom Friday, sentenced to probation for five years.
The judge said he cannot turn back the clock and make Grimes change his action.
"If it hadn't been me that had been hit it could have been some innocent children or someone else. I don't think it matters that I'm a police officer or not," Bailey said. "If I've learned anything from this it's that I can't take anything for granted, I take every day as a gift and knowing that it's gotten to this point is going to be a step of closure for me."
Bailey said he's disappointed by the probation decision. He said if Grimes breaks the law again it would mean eight years in prison.
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