Court documents detail fiery crash that killed Dep. Brandon Collins, suspected drunk driver’s admissions to investigators

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OLATHE, Kan. -- An affidavit released Monday says a suspected drunk driver's blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit when he allegedly slammed into a sheriff's office patrol car the morning of September 11, causing a fiery crash that killed Johnson County Master Deputy Brandon Collins.

Master Deputy Brandon Collins

Master Deputy Brandon Collins

Suspect Adrian Espinosa-Flores faces charges of DUI involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. The affidavit says that when officers arrived to the crash scene at about 1:40 a.m., there were flames extending 30 feet into the air, and it appeared the driver of a Ford F-250 had pushed Deputy Collins' patrol unit into an SUV he had pulled over while the deputy was still inside the car.

More officers arrived to the crash scene to look for the driver of the Ford truck who had run away. Using a helicopter, canine units, and information from a nearby homeowner, officers eventually found Espinosa-Flores near an overpass at 69 Highway and W. 139th Street.

Investigators determined the truck was registered to him and performed field sobriety tests, which he failed, and a preliminary breath test revealed his BAC was .160.

Espinosa-Flores was arrested and agreed to speak with investigators. He said he was headed home to Kansas City, Kan., from Belton, Mo., after drinking four beers at a friend's house. He said he knew he had crashed, but didn't know what kind of car he hit, and said he got out of his truck because he felt like he was on fire. He said he ran from the crash scene without checking on anyone else involved.

Adrian Espinosa-Flores' booking photo from the Johnson County Detention Center.

Adrian Espinosa-Flores' booking photo from the Johnson County Detention Center.

He also told investigators that he has no legal status in the United States, and had illegally entered the country. Immigration Customs Enforcement has placed a detainer on him, and he faces possible deportation following the outcome of his manslaughter case.

ICE provided this statement to FOX 4 last week:

“On Sept. 12, ICE placed a detainer on Adrian Espinosa-Flores with the Johnson County (Kansas) jail following his recent arrest on local charges. ICE records do not show a prior immigration encounter with Mr. Espinosa-Flores, or that ICE was notified following his previous encounters with local law enforcement in California in 2001, and again in Kansas in 2013. Based on initial criminal records checks, Mr. Espinosa-Flores is an ICE enforcement priority due to a prior DUI conviction in California from 2001. Mr. Espinosa-Flores is still in local custody."

Espinosa-Flores is in jail on a $2 million bond, and is due back in a Johnson County courtroom on Thursday.

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