Stanislaus County sheriff's captain at fault in wreck

The California Highway Patrol has determined that a Stanislaus County sheriff's captain was at fault in a March 26 noninjury wreck in Monterey.

Capt. Tim David was driving to his second home in Pacific Grove when he rear-ended a Ford Focus, causing minor damage to both vehicles, the CHP said.

David was driving his department-issued Ford Explorer; he is one of about 10 department employees allowed to drive their work vehicles to and from home.

David was stopped behind the Focus. The two vehicles were waiting to make a right turn at a light. The Focus started forward, then stopped because of an oncoming car. David also started forward but did not notice that the Focus had stopped. He will not be cited, but the accident will be on his driving record.

"With a noninjury, property damage accident, it's fairly uncommon for a citation to be issued unless one of the drivers is uninsured or driving under the influence," said officer Robert Lehman, with the CHP's Monterey office. "He did not get preferential treatment. We treat every crash the same way, even when it involves one of our vehicles."

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