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Officer Who Was Critically Injured Is Home From Hospital

(CINCINNATI) -- Great news for the Cincinnati Police Officer who was critically injured during a high speed chase last November. 

He's going home to be with his family.

At 10 a.m. Friday morning, Sergeant Bryce Bezdek came out of the Drake Center and go home for the first time since late November.

On that day he was trying to stop a high speed chase by throwing out stop sticks on Interstate 75.

But the car police were chasing clipped a truck and sent it across the highway into Sgt. Bezdek.

A head injury sent him into intensive care. Bezdek was in a coma for about a month, but he continued to improve and was sent to the Drake Center for rehab.

Now doctors have determined that he can go home. He will continue his recovery with daily rehabilitation on an outpatient basis.

The woman that caused the accident, Carmilla Duley, faces a number of charges, including aggravated vehicular assault.

She's still behind bars on $2 million bond.

The family of Sgt. Bezdek released the following statement:

As Bryce leaves Drake Center today to continue intensive daily rehabilitation on an outpatient basis, we wish to thank numerous individuals and organizations for their assistance and support over the past six weeks.

* The doctors/nurses/therapists and staff of University Hospital and the Drake Center who worked tirelessly to make this day possible.

* The countless community members who offered prayers, support and unexpected acts of kindness to a family they did not know. We are overwhelmed and humbled by the ongoing generosity shown to our family and wish to express sincere appreciation to the Greater Cincinnati community for all they have done and continue to do.

* The Cincinnati Fire Department/Firefighters Local 48 and the Cincinnati Police Department/FOP who made themselves available 24 hours a day to assist us with whatever we needed and supported Bryce daily in his recovery efforts. We are truly blessed to be members of the Public Safety family.

Leaving the hospital is another step in Bryce's ongoing road to recovery. As we transition to this next phase, we ask for privacy to focus on Bryce's rehabilitation. In addition, we ask for continued prayers for Bryce's recovery and want everyone to know they are in our daily prayers as well.

FOX19.com staff

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