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TUMALO, OR -- A Bend man was arrested early Sunday morning after he hit the concrete center divider on Highway 97 so hard with his van, he moved it 10 feet into oncoming traffic lanes.


Investigators say 47-year-old Richard Lee Kroth was speeding down the Tumalo Place onramp, when he failed to negotiate the turn to merge into southbound lanes. The van traveled through both southbound lanes, and struck the center divider, moving it more than 10 feet into the northbound "fast" lane.

 

Deputies charged Kroth with DUII and Reckless Driving. He was booked into the Deschutes County Jail, but was released to a responsible party.


It took the Oregon Department of Transportation more than 3 hours to make repairs to the concrete divider. Law enforcement says Kroth was not injured in the crash.

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