Illegal Immigrant Pleads Guilty In Drunken Crash That Killed Johnson County, Kansas Deputy0
On Thursday, a man who was accused of driving drunk before crashing and killing a Johnson County deputy pleaded guilty to murder. According to the Johnson County District Attorney, Adrian Espinosa-Flores pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree murder for his involvement in the officer’s death. Documents submitted in court show that the defendant’s blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit when he crashed his vehicle on September 11, 2016.
Espinosa-Flores’ automobile allegedly crashed into Brandon Collins’ patrol car causing a fiery impact. Deputy Collins was ultimately killed as a result of the defendant’s actions. When officers arrived at the scene around 1:40 AM, they observed flames extending thirty feet into the air.
It also appeared that the diver of a Ford F-250 had forced the patrol car into an SUV, which had previously been pulled over by the officer. Collins was inside of the police vehicle at the time of the incident. After the crash, the suspect fled the scene.
Additional officers, a helicopter and canine units were utilized to track down Espinosa-Flores. A nearby homeowner also provided the officers with crucial information leading to Espinosa-Flores’ capture near an overpass at West 139th Street and 69 Highway a short time later.
It was determined that the truck was registered to Flores. He failed sobriety tests and his breath test registered a BAC of .160. Espinosa-Flores was arrested and he decided to speak with officers. He claimed he was driving home after having four beers at a friend’s place. He claimed he escaped his vehicle and fled, because he felt like he was on fire.
He admitted that he had not checked on anyone else involved in the crash. Espinosa-Flores confirmed he had no legal status in the United States and had entered the country illegally. ICE has placed a detainer on the suspect and he could face future deportation. Espinosa-Flores is scheduled to be sentenced on January 12, 2018 at 9 AM.