The illegal alien who killed a 44-year-old Kansas sheriff’s deputy while driving drunk had been arrested in the U.S. twice before, but neither arrest was reported to ICE because “it could be considered racial profiling.”
Last Sunday morning, September 11, Master Deputy Brandon Collins, 44, was conducting a routine traffic stop on U.S. Highway 69, near 143rd Street in Overland Park, Kansas, when a pickup truck slammed into the back of his patrol cruiser, killing him.
The pickup was drive by Adrian Espinosa-Flores, 38, an illegal immigrant who was driving drunk. He reportedly then ran from the scene, but was arrested later nearby, and is being charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Deputy Collins leaves behind a wife and two daughters, and had been with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department almost 21 years.
Espinosa-Flores also had two prior arrests, neither of which had ever been reported to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In 2001, he was arrested for a DUI in California, and in 2013 he was ticketed for driving without a license in Overland Park, for which he had to pay a $121 fine.
After Sunday’s fatal crash, ICE has now placed a hold on him and he is considered “enforcement priority.” He is being held in the Johnson County Detention Center on a $2 million bond.
According to 41 Action News, the Kansas police department that arrested him in 2013 said they didn’t notify ICE because, “it could be considered profiling because a lot of people of all races are arrested without a proper ID.”
Collins’ family issued a statement through the sheriff’s office: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support and the many heartfelt thoughts and prayers our family has received since our tragic loss. Brandon was a devoted and caring husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. Brandon’s love and compassion for his family, friends, and the community he served will never be forgotten.”
Collins’ funeral was held Thursday in Olathe, Kansas.
Espinosa-Flores answered the judge’s questions through an interpreter when he appeared in court via a closed circuit hookup from the jail. His next court date is set for September 22. The judge appointed a public defender to represent him.
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