Man accused in deadly crash in Wichita ordered to prison

Bret Blevins (KSN File Photo)
Bret Blevins (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of driving drunk and killing two people when he crashed into a van that was transporting people with developmental disabilities has been ordered to serve 15 months in prison for a probation violation.

Bret Blevins, 56, admitted Wednesday in Sedgwick County District Court that prosecutors had enough evidence to prove he violated the terms of his probation in a theft case because of the deadly hit-and-run crash. His admission to the probation violations is not an admission of guilt to the charges lodged in the fatal wreck, which include two counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence in the deaths of Dirk MacMillan, 46, and Leonard Atterbery, 25, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Harold Flaigle said he had “shown about as much leniency as I possibly could” when originally granting probation for the theft of a 6-foot-tall bronze eagle statue taken from in front of a Boy Scouts of America council building in Wichita and another statue.

Blevins is accused of running a stop sign in May and broadsiding a van carrying staff and residents of Starkey, a provider of day services, transportation and housing to people with mental disabilities. Police said he was arrested a couple blocks from the scene after he ran.

The two people killed were both Starkey clients. Two Starkey staff members and a 33-year-old Starkey resident survived but were hospitalized.

Warrants filed in the case said he tested positive for methamphetamine and having a blood alcohol content of .124 after the crash. The state’s legal limit to drive is .08.

A preliminary hearing for the charges tied to the crash is set for Sept. 22.

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