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Alleged drunk driver kills sheriff's deputy

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A Grayson County sheriff's deputy was killed overnight on Sunday by a suspected drunk driver who had several previous DWI charges.

Deputy Chad Key, 42, was directing traffic on Highway 82 near Sherman when police say Ricky Stanley, 28,  failed to stop. It's believed he was driving at least 70 mph.

Investigators say Stanley should not have been on the road.

"He had apparently done the first and second one, he was awaiting action on the third one, and then of course, he's going to face a fourth one," Sheriff Keith Gary of Grayson County, said. "You would think somebody would learn."

He was out on bond for his third DWI, and had an interlock breathalyzer device on his car's ignition. Sheriff Gary says Stanley was driving a friend's car when he hit and killed Deputy Key.

Deputy Key was rushed to a local hospital, where he died.  He had been a patrol deputy for only two months. He is the fourth Grayson County deputy to be killed in the line of duty.

Deputy Key leaves behind a wife and three sons ages 20, 10 and two-months-old.

His funeral is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 at First Baptist Church in Sherman. The family expects more than 1,000 people to attend.

The suspect remains in the Fannin County jail with a $3.7 million dollar bond. He faces six charges, including murder, intoxication manslaughter and aggravated assault.

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