Suspect in crash that killed a deputy had previous DUI, faces deportation

A sheriff's deputy was hit and killed in Kansas early Sunday morning. Master Deputy Brandon Collins was on a traffic stop on Highway 69 when another driver hit his patrol car, killing Collins. (Courtesy: KSHB TV)

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Federal authorities say a man charged in a crash that killed a Kansas deputy could face eventual deportation proceedings because of suspected immigration violations and a previous drunken driving conviction in California.

Adrian Espinosa-Flores, of Kansas City, Kansas, is being held in Johnson County on $2 million bond after being charged in the drunken driving crash that killed Johnson County Sheriff’s Master Deputy Brandon Collins. Collins was making a routine traffic stop Sunday when a pickup hit his stopped patrol car.

The public defender for Espinosa-Flores didn’t immediately return a call.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is seeking custody of Espinosa-Flores if he’s released from custody in Kansas. ICE says he’d face deportation proceedings because of a 2001 DUI conviction in California.

ICE only places detainers on people suspected of violating U.S. Immigration law.

A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday for Collins at College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe.

He will be buried Saturday in Oilton, Oklahoma.

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