A South Carolina man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a crash that killed an on-duty Pontiac police officer last month. 33-year-old Jason C. Collins of West Columbia, S.C., has entered the plea in Livingston County court. Prosecutors say Collins was driving a pickup truck on Interstate 55 on Oct. 30 when his vehicle left the roadway. It struck a marked K-9 vehicle parked in a median turn around. Twenty-nine-year-old officer Casey J. Kohlmeier was killed along with his police dog, Draco. A public defender is representing Collins, who has voluntarily waived a preliminary hearing and is requesting a jury trial. Collins is in custody. He faces three felonies and two misdemeanors. The case is next due in court Dec. 24.
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