Accident involving deputy could result in charges

Trooper to visit with District Attorney's office to discuss the incident

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Colorado State troopers Tuesday will submit a report to the district attorney's office on a traffic accident involving a sheriff's deputy, an incident that left a Craig man injured.

Charges in the case could be recommended Tuesday, according to Capt. Gary Torgerson, Colorado State Patrol.

Torgerson would not say who might be charged.

"There are questions on both sides that need to be answered," said Torgerson, noting the still-open investigation.

The two-car collision occurred at 8:10 a.m. Feb. 7 as Moffat County Sheriff Deputy Courtland Folks was responding to an ambulance call on Moffat County Road 203.

Folks -- with emergency lights and sirens activated on the 2001 Dodge patrol vehicle -- was northbound on State Highway 13 when entering the road's intersection with U.S. Highway 40.

The north/south traffic signal was activated at red when the deputy entered the intersection, according to the state patrol's draft report on the accident.

A 2003 Dodge pickup driven by 39-year-old Tony Maneotis struck Folks' patrol vehicle along the driver's side -- spinning the deputy's vehicle counterclockwise some 87 feet on to the north side of the intersection.

Maneotis was eastbound on the highway passing through the intersection under a green light.

Maneotis was driving his 12-year-old daughter to school that morning.

He was treated and released Feb. 9 at The Memorial Hospital for back and neck injuries, while his daughter was treated at the scene. Folks was admitted at TMH for precautionary reasons.

Moffat County Sheriff's administration has said the accident would be reviewed internally once the state patrol wrapped up its investigation.

Folks returned to work two days after the accident.

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

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