Charges Filed In Killing of Pontiac Officer
By The Associated Press
Prosecutors in Livingston County have charged a South Carolina man in the vehicle crash this week that killed an on-duty Pontiac police officer and his police dog.
In a news release, the Illinois State Police said that 33-year-old Jason Collins of West Columbia has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence.
Prosecutors say Collins was driving a pickup truck on Interstate 55 in Pontiac on Wednesday when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a marked K-9 vehicle parked in the median turn around. Twenty-nine-year-old officer Casey Kohlmeier was killed. His police dog, Draco, was also in the vehicle and was killed.
Collins was taken into custody when he was released from a hospital.