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Deputy back on duty after crash
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Forsyth County News

A Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy hospitalized after a crash last month returned to work Monday, officials said.

Michael Cartledge is on “a restricted duty assignment until he is released by the doctor to resume his patrol duties,” said Karleen Chalker, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Cartledge, a two-year veteran of the agency, crashed his patrol car while driving to work about 7:20 a.m. March 23.

The collision occurred on Hwy. 369 near Julius Bridge Road in Cherokee County.

According to an accident report, the vehicle hydroplaned due to wet conditions, struck one tree and spun into others before stopping.

The wreck caused “extensive” damage to the vehicle, according to the report.

Cartledge, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to North Fulton Hospital, where he was treated for what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.

The 44-year-old Canton resident was not cited for the accident.

The Forsyth County Accident Review Board will issue a decision and possible employee disciplinary action based on the circumstances of the crash and prior history of the employee.

Cartledge’s case likely will be reviewed at the May meeting, Chalker said.

Maj. Rick Doyle, director of operations, has said the local sheriff’s office allows deputies to take home cars under certain circumstances, with supervisor approval.

According to Doyle, Cartledge shared the vehicle with another deputy, which in the past has been a reason to allow employees to take cars home due to the short turnaround before their next shift.