Hit-and-run suspect returned to Oklahoma County from Texas

Joshua Lamar Dockins

Joshua Lamar Dockins, 23, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was charged last year with felony counts of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of a fatality accident and causing an injury accident while driving under the influence of alcohol, court records show.

He was booked into the Oklahoma County jail Wednesday without bail.

Dockins was driving more than 100 mph one second before rear-ending a car Nov. 14 on Interstate 240, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Mark Dlugokinski wrote in an affidavit. Brittany Althoff, a back-seat passenger in the car that was struck, died.

A caller alerted troopers to Dockins’ car at a Norman hotel room several hours after the accident, and officials interviewed him, according to the affidavit. Dockins admitted rear-ending the car, leaving the scene and drinking before the accident, Dlugokinski wrote.

A clerk at the hotel told troopers Dockins smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred and he had trouble standing, the affidavit states. Another clerk at a nearby hotel said Dockins came there first, but the clerk would not rent him a room after he said he would tip her for performing a sexual favor. That clerk said Dockins was "noticeably intoxicated,” Dlugokinski wrote.

Dockins has a previous DUI conviction in Texas, the affidavit states.

Troopers did not arrest Dockins the night of the accident because patrol procedure is to turn over such investigations to the district attorney before making arrests, patrol Lt. George Brown said. When prosecutors filed charges, Dockins was gone.

A Texas law officer spotted Dockins after Oklahoma authorities issued a bulletin, and Dockins was arrested on the Oklahoma County charges five days after the wreck, Brown said.