Alleged drunken driving death in Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan.  – A Wichita man has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and manslaughter after a head-on collision that killed a 19-year-old from Caldwell.

Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Lt. Benjamin Blick said the crash happened early Saturday around 2:45 a.m. on Kansas Highway 254 in northeastern Sedgwick County.

Blick said the 39-year-old man who was arrested was driving a GMC Sierra pickup truck the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of the highway when he collided with a Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Clayton Patterson who died after the collision.

Blick said the 39-year-old appeared intoxicated, so a blood sample was collected for testing before he was booked into jail. He is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence. He was being held Sunday in lieu of $500,000 bond.