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Man Charged with DUI in Death of Illinois Officer, K-9

November 04, 2013  | 

Officer Casey Kohlmeier and Draco (Photo: Pontiac PD)
Officer Casey Kohlmeier and Draco (Photo: Pontiac PD)

A 33-year-old South Carolina man was charged Friday with drunken driving and reckless homicide in connection with an accident that killed a Pontiac, Ill., police officer and his police dog Wednesday on Interstate 55, the Bloomington Pantagraph reports.

Jason C. Collins of West Columbia was charged Friday with one count of reckless homicide, two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, and two counts of DUI related to the death of Officer Casey Kohlmeier, 29, and his K-9 partner, Draco.

According to charges filed Friday by Livingston County State’s Attorney Seth Uphoff, Collins was northbound on Interstate 55 at milepost 201 when he veered off the roadway and struck the police sport utility vehicle, which was stationary in a turn-around access in the median just north of Illinois 23.

Tags: Officer Down, DUI, K-9 Units, Traffic Accidents, Pontiac (Ill.) PD


Comments (3)

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Jack @ 12/17/2013 4:42 PM

What no one mentions is that he was actually a fucking asshole, piece of shit cop. He spent his whole career as a cop ruining peoples lives for minor (and sometimes made up) drug convictions. He was a terrible person. Fuck Casey Kohlwhatever

Jack @ 12/17/2013 4:46 PM

Ok I'm reposting because I realize that was a little harsh, and immature, and did little to convey my actual thoughts about this topic.. So to start over..

I feel absolutely terrible for his friends and family.. My heart truly goes out to them for this untimely death of such a young person.

That being said.. I stand by everything else i said.. His career as a law enforcement officer was spent almost solely in trying to bust non-violent people for minor drug convictions. I have heard several times from various people stories that I believe about him fabricating evidence to receive convictions, and he also executed illegal searches, both with and without that dog of his, on a regular basis with no repercussions. It was bullshit the way he operated with impunity.. And my previous comment was rude and mean-spirited and i apologize for it and with i could withdraw it.. But this, this is my true opinion.

Jack @ 12/17/2013 4:49 PM

This is what happens with the system we have.. We have created a system that produces police officers that can just crank out drug arrest after drug arrest, and earn their departments more money, new special units, new contracts, promotions, but always money money money.. Drug arrest, more money, drug arrest, etc. etc...

But they can't do real police work. They make the public afraid of them, instead of reliant and proud. Stop arresting GOOD people for drug POSSESSION. ITS NOT WORKING.

Start PROTECTING people again! HELP people! Quit ruining lives so you can get a fucking raise.

And when you go to sleep at night, fucking THINK about what you're actually doing to people.

We are ALL human. All we want is to be safe and happy.

Go arrest the people that rob, and steal, and murder, and assault.. Leave non-violent drug offenders the fuck alone.

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