Deputy briefly convicted of traffic violation

Verdict -- later rescinded --blamed on miscommunication

No trial was set Wednesday in the traffic infraction case of a Moffat County Sheriff's deputy, who was briefly convicted of the charge before Judge Mary Lynne James rescinded that order.

Folks, who was scheduled to appear in Moffat County Court at 10 a.m. to schedule a trial setting, was a no-show Wednesday.

Nearly one hour past his scheduled hearing, James entered a conviction in the case for failure to appear. Folks last week pleaded not guilty to a minor charge of failure to obey a traffic control devise. A conviction includes $56 in fines and four points on a driver's license.

James later vacated Folks' conviction in what was described as a miscommunication between the judge and staff. Folks' attorney had called prior to the hearing, indicating an appearance written on

Folks' behalf would be issued to the court. A trial date could be set when it's received.

Folks was charged in the Feb. 7 traffic accident at the intersection of state Highway 13 and West Victory Way, which injured Craig's Tony Maneotis, 39, along with his 13 year-old daughter. The deputy, who was moving through the intersection northbound on state Highway 13, was responding to an emergency call with lights and sirens activated.

Folks' patrol vehicle went through a red light and was struck by Maneotis' truck. Maneotis, who was not cited in the incident, was eastbound on West Victory Way and entered the intersection under a green light.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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