Sheriff Joe Arpaio returns to work

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Sheriff Joe Arpaio is back on the job,

Arpaio returned to work Monday after spending more than two weeks recovering from a broken shoulder. The sheriff suffered the injury after he took a spill while crossing a street on his way to lunch.

The sheriff tells The Associated Press that he remains in pain from the Feb. 28 injury but is eager to return to work. He spent about two days St. Joseph's Hospital, then two more weeks recovering at home.

The sheriff says he tripped on a sidewalk near his headquarters on his way to a restaurant to get a quick bowl of soup. He fell on his shoulder, and broke it in two places.

Arpaio says he almost hit his head on a curb, but was lucky to walk away with no other injuries, besides a few scrapes.