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Seriously-injured deputy will not
face charges in on-duty rollover accident
[LAS CRUCES, NM]


December 11, 2000
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Seriously-injured deputy will not
face charges in on-duty rollover accident
[LAS CRUCES, NM]

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) -- A deputy who was seriously injured after being ejected 60 feet from his rolling patrol vehicle in a one-car accident in October will not face any changes, state police have announced.

It had been reported that Do?a Ana County Sheriff's Department Deputy Matthew Gray may not have been wearing a seat belt when his Ford Explorer rolled over in the 9 p.m., Oct. 11 accident near the Las Cruces International Airport, according to State Police spokesman Sgt. Frank Musitano.

Investigators have determined that Gray was responding to back up another officer, Musitano told the Sun-News. While no citations will be issued, Gray was apparently driving above the posted 45 mph speed limit on the wet, slick roads, authorities said. Alcohol was not involved, police added.

There is no estimate as to when Gray will be returning to work. Officers have started an assistance fund for Gray. Approximately 2,000 has been raised to date and more events are planned.




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