Just hours after celebrating his daughter’s fourth birthday, a Johnson County (KS) Sheriff’s deputy with nearly 21 years on the job died in a fiery crash early Sunday when a suspected drunken driver slammed the rear of his patrol car while the officer conducted a traffic stop.
Master Deputy Brandon Collins had pulled over a vehicle about 1:30 a.m. on northbound U.S. 69 near West 143rd Street, according to Darla Jaye, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.
Within minutes of the stop, a pickup truck slammed into the back of the patrol car, engulfing it in flames. The sound of the impact woke up nearby residents with what some told the Kansas City Star sounded as loud as thunder.
The driver of the truck ran from the scene. Police dogs brought to the area captured a suspect a short time later. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.