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Great Bend driver arrested in connection with Monday crash

Leonard L. Boese, 44, of Great Bend was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and failure to maintain proper lane of travel and booked into the Barton County Jail in connection with a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 281 between Great Bend and Hoisington Monday morning. He was later released after posting a $1,000 cash/surety bond.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 1999 Lincoln Town Car, driven by Boese, was traveling northbound on U.S. 281 at 8:31 a.m., six miles north of K-156 (10th and Main in Great Bend), and drove off the road, onto the right shoulder. Boese lost control and skidded back onto the highway, where he drove left of center and struck a 2004 Buick LeSabre driven by Witte, 81. Both vehicles then came to rest in the west ditch. 

Donald E. Witte, also of Great Bend, was transported to The University of Kansas Health System Great Bend Campus with undetermined injuries.

Boese, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, was not injured and refused transport.  Witte was wearing his seat belt.

Neither vehicle was carrying any passengers at the time of the collision.