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Driver charged in fatal DUI case agrees to plead guilty

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The defense attorney for a woman charged with a 2012 fatal DUI crash that killed a Bryan County sheriff's deputy has agreed to plea guilty; however, they have yet to agree on what charges she will plead guilty to.

Patricia Collins is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and driving with a blood-alcohol level that's over the limit. She has pleaded not guilty.

Sheriff's Deputy Sergeant Bobby Crapse was killed on June 15, 2012, when his cruiser was struck head-on by Collins' car.

Georgia State Patrol investigators said Collins' blood-alcohol level was .139 - almost twice Georgia's legal limit.

Collins' defense attorneys requested at least 30 days for an open-ended plea date in order to bring in family to testify. 

What charges Collins will plead guilty to will be decided with the Chatham County District Attorney's Office prior to the open-ended plea date. They have withdrawn their request for a trial date.

The prosecution also said it intended to put a few witnesses on the stand.

According to the district attorney's office, there has not been an agreement on a sentence.

The open-ended plea date will be to allow the judge to decide the sentence base on the evidence presented during the proceeding.

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