Deputy gets ticket from accident

The District Attorney's office Tuesday filed a minor traffic infraction against a Moffat County Sheriff's deputy involved in a Feb. 7 accident that resulted in injuries.

Deputy Courtland Folks, 31, was charged with failure to obey a traffic control devise, which carries penalties of $56 in fines and surcharges, in addition to four points on a driver's license upon conviction.

Folks "did not act with any carelessness or recklessness," in causing the accident at State Highway 13 and West Victory Way, but "did not exercise sufficient caution when approaching the intersection," the District Attorney's office stated in a news release.

"An emergency vehicle or police vehicle can only violate the traffic laws to the extent they can do so without endangering others."

Deputy District Attorney David Waite declined to say how or why he settled on the infraction against Folks, citing a potential for future litigation.

Folks could contest the charge.

"I don't think anything is a given at this point," Waite said.

Tony Maneotis, 39, was not charged in the accident.

Maneotis' Dodge pickup slammed into the side of Folks' patrol vehicle at about 8:10 a.m. Feb. 7.

Folks, northbound on State Highway 13, was en route to an emergency call on Moffat County Road 203 and entered the intersection under a red light, according to the state patrol's investigation.

Maneotis, who was taking his 12-year-old daughter to school, was eastbound moving through the intersection under a green light.

His daughter was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Maneotis suffered back and neck injuries and was released Feb. 9 from The Memorial Hospital. Folks returned to work that same day.

Jerry Hoberg, Moffat County Undersheriff, said Folks' accident will be among five department car incidents reviewed internally tonight.

The other cases involve wildlife, he said.

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

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