Suspect in fatality accident makes 1st court appearance
A $200,000 bond was set today for the man charged with motor vehicle homicide in a two vehicle Friday morning accident a mile east of Minatare that killed a Bayard man.
54 year old Arlyn Kreman died at the scene from injuries suffered in the 3 a.m. crash on Highway 26 and his wife Shirley is in stable condition at Regional West Medical Center.
24 year old Christopher Perry told Scotts Bluff County Court Judge James Worden it is "the first time he ever got in trouble." Perry, a former Rushville resident who presented a Utah drivers license with no address, is also charged with driving drunk with a BAC of over .15 and no valid operator's license. Perry could receive from 1-20 years in prison if convicted on the motor vehicle homicide charge
Court documents say Kreman was riding in the east bound car driven by his wife Shirley when their car was struck on the passenger side by the westbound vehicle driven by Perry. Deputy Scotts Bluff County Attorney Scott Blaha, the acting coroner on the case, says it "looks like" Perry's vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane. Blaha says Mrs. Kreman tried to swerve to avoid the crash.
The court document says the investigating trooper was told by Perry that he got into an argument with his girlfriend while drinking and left home. Perry told the trooper he got lost while trying to evade a pursuing car, woke up in a ditch and does not remember the accident. Perry said in court he was unemployed and trying to get back in the military.
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