Deputy could face charges

Prosecutors review accident file that resulted in injuries to Craig man

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A Moffat County Sheriff's deputy could be charged in a Feb. 7 traffic accident that injured a Craig man, although the Colorado State Patrol wouldn't specify what was recommended to the District Attorney's office Tuesday.

Deputy District Attorney David Waite Tuesday afternoon said he had not had time to review the report and a decision on possible charges would be made by Friday.

Jerry Hoberg, Moffat County Undersheriff, said he expects Deputy Courtland Folks will be issued a summons in the crash.

A separate sheriff's department accident review committee that will launch its own investigation would be comprised of one sergeant and two of Folks' fellow deputies.

Hoberg said he's confident of an objective review -- the basis of which will be the state patrol's

investigation.

"I'd look at it if there were any questions to make sure the board is doing its job," he said.

Sheriff Buddy Grinstead would ultimately hand down any possible response to the accident, which range from letters of reprimand to enrollment in a driving safety class, Hoberg said.

Grinstead was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

Folks returned to work two days after the accident -- the same day 39-year-old Tony Maneotis was released from The Memorial Hospital after treatment for back and neck injuries suffered in the accident.

No charges were recommended against Maneotis in the state patrol's report Tuesday.

Maneotis' Dodge pickup slammed into the side of Folks' patrol vehicle at 8:10 a.m. Feb. 7 in the intersection of West Victory Way and State Highway 13.

Folks -- who was northbound on State Highway 13 en route to an ambulance call on Moffat County Road 203 -- drove into the intersection under a red light with sirens and overhead lights activated, according to state patrol's draft report.

Maneotis entered the intersection under a green light -- eastbound on West Victory Way taking his 12-year-old daughter to school that morning.

She was treated at the accident scene and released.

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

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