Nearly two years ago Bryan County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Robert Crapse was killed in an early morning collision with a car driven being driven the wrong way on Interstate 95. The car was driven by Patricia Collins who reportedly had an alcohol blood level of .139, nearly twice the legal limit in Georgia. Crapse’s K-9 service dog, Sepp, was in the patrol car at the time and was slightly injured.
Collins was charged with DUI and vehicular homicide charges. Monday she agreed to plead guilty to those charges. The district attorney’s office said she is expected to be back in court April 29 at 9:30 a.m. to be sentenced by a judge.
According to investigators about 2 a.m. Friday, June 12, 2012, Crapse was heading to the north end of Bryan County after working traffic control when his patrol car was struck head on by the car driven Collins in the wrong lane. The accident happened near mile marker 97 on Interstate 95 between the I-16 and Highway 204 exits.
Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith said Crapse starting working at the county jail just after graduating from high school. He went to school to become a deputy. Smith said he was a fine deputy and his death was a “terrible, tragic thing.”
Crapse lived in Ellabell. He was married with three children.