Day care provider arrested, suspected of DUI with kids in car

WICHITA — A Wichita day care center's license was suspended after its owner drove children around town while she was intoxicated and didn't have a valid driver's license, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Margaret E. Walker, the owner of Creative Connections Learning Center, 11818 W. Central, was pulled over and arrested by police on Friday because they suspected she was driving under the influence, health department records state. Seven day care children were in the vehicle she was driving, the report said.

Police started searching for Walker on Friday morning, when day care staff called because she came to the center "smelling strongly of alcohol," the suspension notice states. Walker left before police arrived.

Employees called the police back when Walker showed up again, this time taking seven children with her in the company vehicle for a field trip, according to the report. Police said they found a bottle of vodka in Walker's purse, which she left behind at the day care.

Wichita police pulled Walker over at about the same time on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police said they learned Walker drove children to school earlier that day and was driving with a suspended license.