Great Bend Officer Charged with DUI

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) _ A Great Bend police officer is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after a one-vehicle crash while he was off duty.

Police say 23-year-old officer Dustin Parker of Ellinwood was not hurt in the crash at 4 a.m. Wednesday. His passenger, 24-year-old Great Bend officer Beau Brough, suffered minor injuries and received hospital treatment.

In accordance with policy, the Barton County Sheriff's Department investigates crashes in the city that involve police officers.

Deputies say Parker's pickup truck went out of control, skidded sideways into a ditch and rolled onto its top. Both officers were wearing seat belts.

City officials say Parker has been suspended with pay.

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