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Repeat Drunk Driver Strikes, Kills Texas Deputy

April 22, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Grayson County SO.
Photo courtesy of Grayson County SO.

A driver with three drunk-driving offenses on his record allegedly struck and killed a Grayson County (Texas) Sheriff's deputy directing traffic late Saturday.

Deputy Chad Key, 42, responded to Highway 82 in Sherman just before 10:30 p.m. to assist deputies involved in a vehicle pursuit. As Deputy Key helped direct cars around the accident scene, Ricky Trent Stanley allegedly failed to stop and struck the deputy, according to the agency.

Stanley, 28, is facing numerous charges including intoxication manslaughter, causing the death of a peace officer and failing to stop and render aid.

Deputy Key joined the sheriff's office as a corrections officer in November 2009. He put himself through the night academy at Grayson County College, graduating from the North Texas Regional Police Academy in June. In February, he had been promoted to patrol deputy.

Deputy Key leaves behind a wife and three sons ages 20, 10 and two months. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at First Baptist Church in Sherman.

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Hector @ 4/21/2013 4:33 PM

Multiple offender DWI then hit and run a police officer? Express lane to the death penalty! 10 year wait then put him to sleep.

John Smith @ 4/22/2013 5:20 PM

Yet further proof that the penalties for driving while impaired need to be much, much more severe. With three impaired driving offenses on his record, this man should have been behind bars, not firing a two ton bullet down the roadway!

Nichole @ 4/23/2013 4:11 AM

Absolutely heartbreaking. I look at that picture, a man obviously proud to wear his uniform, and then I read that he has three kids, one still a baby. It really breaks my heart.

Throw that idiot in jail for the rest of his life. Repeat offenders shouldn't get another chance.

I live in PA and the brother of a friend of mine just got his FOURTH DUI. They're finally giving him 2-5 years for it, and he'll probably be out on good behavior. FOURTH DUI... what the hell? In my opinion, he shouldn't have been allowed to get his second and continue driving... maybe not even his first.

I understand people make mistakes, bad judgement, what have you, but a repeat offender... nope, sorry. No dice. You know what you're doing at that point.

Bob @ VA @ 4/23/2013 5:06 AM

This is murder. Repeat offender who kills should get the chair or a needle. The perp made a conscious decision to get drink and drive yet again.

Firecop @ 4/23/2013 6:01 AM

We need to start holding the legal system, the judges and magistrates and the legislators to the fire on these issues. If they continue to allow repeat offenders to stay out of jail with this result, we must hold the judges and politicians responsible for these unecessary deaths....period. We need to review the sovereign immunity issue in this context. Stay safe.

Steve @ 4/23/2013 6:23 AM

Sad that this officer died in such a manor as this. And sad that his newest child will never get to know his father! I pray that he will learn, from his remaining family members and his Dad's fellow officers, that his Dad was a caring public servant.
Sadder still is the fact that this officers family is going to have to struggle now, with expenses, as a result of the loss of their family provider, while the puke that killed him will get three hots and a cot for a period of time with free health care and other freebees in the prison system.
What's saddest is the fact that our lawmakers (mostly attorneys) make such weak laws (by choice) that the perpetrator had the opportunity to be out on the road again in the first place. Don't expect a change until lawyers are not allowed to be law makers!

Really? @ 4/23/2013 12:07 PM

We were all lead to believe that Texas is a ZERO Tolerance State for DUIs. Typical lying govt. Drinking and driving should be Pre-Meditated MURDER!

Remember @ 4/23/2013 3:23 AM

This situation is horrible. A man lost his life and sons lost their father. I would like for people to remember that it is nobody but the Lords place to judge. There are two families involved here not only that of the officer but that of the driver. When making comments about the death penalty etc remember that the driver is also someone's child,brother and friend. A person with a problem such as alcoholism has a disease. Not only should they receive punishment for their actions but truly need treatment. Narrow minds will do nothing but continue our system on the path it's on.

LoRue @ 4/26/2013 12:00 PM

RIP Brother, my prayers are with your family. Hopefully Texas will do what Texas does best and put this drunken bonehead on deathrow, where he belongs. This was a willful act and not some random collision. It rates the death penality, and will hopefully get due consideration. DUI has sadly become the most pled out crime on any courts docket. Multiple offenders need to get progressive levels of incarceration, not chance after chance to "get clean and sober". Hopefully Texas lawmakers use this opportunity to pass a strong law and make an example for other states.

Cam @ 4/27/2013 11:47 PM

TO REMEMBER I suppose this man would get a lolly-pop, a teddy bear, and fuzzy slippers, as well, while he is getting booked into jail?! Disease my behind. If he has a so-called 'disease', then why could he not just stay home with his 'disease'? You want 'narrow minds'? Look no further than the lawmakers of this country! Not one of them think that a vehicle with an impaired driver becomes a lethal weapon, wheel, just like what they want to get off the streets. I was t-boned by a DUI driver, who of course ran off. She was caught and an hour after being arrested, she blew a .214. She was found trying to get someone to let her in their house as someone was after her! The only thing this woman asked about it was about the dogs she left in her car. Never once, not a single time did she ask about the person she hit. I am a 100% disabled police officer with 6 fusions in my neck, and six back surgeries going onto #7. I did not lose my life, but did lose my home and career, and the guilt of being a survior that complains about a worthless body. By the way I never did get to the call I was going code to as my partner needed backup dealing with a drunk. My heart goes out this deputy's family mourning his death and celebrating his life. Everyone that says alcoholism is not realizing they are MAKING A CHOICE TO GO SOMEWHERE, GET HAMMERED, AND DRIVING HOME. Do you not realize the persistent felony offender receive the same sentence and TREATMENT, same as a first time felony offender. Obviously this is not working, would you agree? The sorry so and so gets to see his family. What about the widow, children, father, mother, etc. A vehicle is a lethal weapon, why are DUI offenders not being treated as homegrown terrorists? Where is the outrage about DUI offender control? I firmly believe in the 2nd Amendment, however, unless some

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