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Cuero police officer placed on administrative leave after wife's injury

By Bianca Montes
April 22, 2014 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated April 22, 2014 at 11:23 p.m.


Corey Tolbert, a Cuero police officer, was put on paid administrative leave pending an ongoing investigation into how his wife was injured last week.

Elizabeth Tolbert, a Department of Public Safety trooper, was taken to Cuero Community Hospital in a private vehicle late Thursday night and then flown to San Antonio Military Medical Center. Cuero Police Chief Jay Lewis told the Cuero Record that Corey Tolbert was moving a truck with a trailer, and his wife either slipped or fell, and the trailer wheels rolled over her.

Elizabeth Tolbert was upgraded Tuesday from critical condition to stable, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lewis declined to comment further about the case, stating the Texas Rangers asked him not to talk about the incident.

The Texas Rangers were called to investigate at the request of DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky.

"For me to give a statement in the investigation would not be proper because we aren't doing the investigation," Zavesky said. "When the Texas Rangers finish the investigation, there will be a statement by them."

The Texas Rangers is a division of the Department of Public Safety that investigates major incident crime.

DPS press secretary Tom Vinger said in an email Tuesday night that the Department of Public Safety has no information to provide.

Michael Sheppard, DeWitt County district attorney, said Tuesday that a criminal case had not been brought to his office, and until then, he was unable to comment.

Court documents show the couple married in January 2010 and own a home in the 300 block of Heinie Bade Road, between Cuero and Goliad, off Five Mile Road.

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