A 36-year-old man has been arrested in a July 4 crash that killed a Parker, Colorado, resident.

Douglas County authorities took Preston James Dorris, of Scottsbluff, on July 16, according to a press release from the Douglas County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Office.  Cody Thomas, of the Nebraska State Patrol, and Alliance Police Chief John Kiss onfirmed that Dorris was arrested just outside of Alliance on Highway 385. Douglas County Sheriff’s officials took custody of him in Scottsbluff.

Dorris has been identified as the suspect in a July 4 hit-and-run crash in which a bicyclist, Chuck Vogel, had been struck by a vehicle. Authorities located the vehicle involved near the crash, abandoned in an apartment complex. A Crime Stoppers alert was sent out to the public on July 9. The case was cited as still an open and active investigation.

Dorris was arrested on charges of failed to remain at scene/give information and/or aid after accident involving death, vehicular homicide, robbery, first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, and failure to notify police of an accident. His bond is currently set at $275,000.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Box Butte County Sheriff’s Department and five other agencies were cited as assisting in the investigation.

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Maunette Loeks is the digital news editor of the Star-Herald. Contact her at 308-632-9054 or by email at mloeks@starherald.com.

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