Accident involving sheriff's deputy under investigation

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A Craig man injured in a two-car accident with a Moffat County Sheriff's deputy was released Sunday from The Memorial Hospital.

Tony Maneotis, 39, had been treated at TMH for a sprained neck and back following a Friday morning accident at the intersection of West Victory Way and State Highway 13.

Maneotis' 12-year-old daughter was admitted to TMH for precautionary reasons Friday and released that same day.

The accident remains under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol.

Deputy Courtland Folks was not injured in the crash, which occurred at about 8:10 a.m., but was briefly treated at TMH.

Folks, northbound on Colorado 13 in his 2001 Dodge patrol vehicle, was passing through the intersection with lights and sirens activated, responding to an ambulance call on Moffat County Road 203, the State Patrol said through a news release.

Maneotis was eastbound on West Victory Way in a 2003 Dodge pickup taking his daughter to school that morning.

Attempts Monday morning to reach State Patrol investigators were unsuccessful.

Jerry Hoberg, Moffat County undersheriff, declined to comment on the State Patrol's investigation.

Hoberg said the investigation could take up to 10 days to two weeks because it does involve a deputy.

Once that probe is finished, Hoberg said the department would launch its own accident review committee to determine whether department policies and procedures were followed.

"We'd want to know if this was a preventable accident or a non-preventable accident," Hoberg said.

Folks returned to work Sunday, and will keep a regular work schedule throughout the investigation, he said.

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

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