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Ault police officer pleads not guilty in suspected deadly road rage incident

(Photo: Weld County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo: Weld County Sheriff's Office)

GREELEY, Colo. — An off-duty police officer accused of causing a fatal crash in a suspected road rage incident has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide.

Blair Jackson entered the plea Wednesday for the June 1 crash that killed 39-year-old Esteban Moreno Jr., The Greeley Tribune reports.

Jackson, an officer with the Ault Police Department, was driving his personal vehicle when he crashed into Moreno’s pickup truck south of Greeley, causing it to roll, authorities said. Moreno was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office said in June the incident began in Gilcrest along Highway 85.

Witnesses told investigators that both drivers were tailgating and cutting each other off before the crash. Jackson told authorities that Moreno caused the crash near Highway 85 and Weld County Road 32 1/2, according to court records.

Jackson is due back in court in December for a preliminary hearing with a jury trial scheduled for Feb. 6.

Jackson faces two to six years in prison if he’s found guilty and up to 12 years if the incident is deemed to have had special circumstances.

Jackson was placed on administrative leave after the crash.