Driver charged with felony DUI in officers' deaths

By Betty Simpson | bsimpson@wcia.com

Published 11/01 2013 11:10AM

Updated 11/01 2013 06:42PM

PONTIAC -- Friday, the Livingston County State's Attorney's Office approved charges in the death of Officer Casey Kohlmeier and his K-9 partner, Draco.

33-year old Jason Collins, of West Columbia, SC, was formally charged with aggravated DUI Thursday. The charges allege Collins operated a pick-up truck on northbound I-55 when he left the roadway and struck Kohlmeier's squad car.

Collins was taken into custody after being discharged from the hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. Collins waived extradition and was taken to jail pending arraignment on felony charges.

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