Driver pleads not guilty in fatal crash

By WEEK Reporter

November 28, 2013 Updated Nov 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM CDT

LIVINGSTON CO. -- A man pleads not guilty to charges following a fatal crash that left a Pontiac Police Officer and his K-9 partner dead.

Jason collins, 33, of South Carolina is charged with reckless homicide and felony DUI in the deaths of Officer Casey Kohlmeier and his dog, Draco.

On October 30, Collins was driving on I-55 north when he hit Kolhmeier's marked squad car.

Prosecutors say Collins admits to falling asleep behind the wheel, and drinking at a Bloomington bar earlier in the night.

A trial date is set for January 6.