District attorney says not enough evidence.
The district attorney’s office in Durango will not be filing charges against San Juan County Deputy Bruce Conrad regarding a report filed by Silverton resident Fred Fasching.
And San Juan County Sheriff Sue Kurtz said Conrad, who had been on paid administrative leave for several weeks, will be returned to active duty “real soon.”
The decision follows an investigation by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office into a Sept. 5 incident reported by Fasching.
Fasching alleged that Deputy Conrad, while driving a sheriff’s office vehicle, swerved into his lane while Fasching was driving a motorcycle on U.S. 550 near Silverton.
The alleged incident followed an altercation between the two on the previous day at the scene of a rollover accident near Molas Pass.
Fasching claimed that Conrad was upset that Fasching, a captain with the Silverton San Juan Volunteer Fire Department, refused to help with traffic control at the scene.
The investigation of the incident was turned over to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, which filed its report on Nov. 10.
“Upon review of the investigation done by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, we found no probable cause for any charges,” said Assistant District Attorney David Ottman.