Crime & Courts

Suspect in fatal Starkey collision still in jail; charges could come soon

Bret Blevins, 56, remains in the Sedgwick County Jail for a probation violation.
Bret Blevins, 56, remains in the Sedgwick County Jail for a probation violation. Courtesy of Kansas Department of Corrections

The driver of an Escalade that slammed into the side of a Starkey van last week, killing two people and injuring six, is no longer being held on offenses linked to that collision, police confirmed Friday.

“The (potential) charges are dropped for now, pending the blood (test) results,” Wichita police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said. “We have to wait” for those results.

Police department guidelines stipulate that suspects can not be held in jail for more than 72 hours without being charged in connection with whatever prompted their arrest, Woodrow said.

Bret Blevins, 56, remains in the Sedgwick County Jail for a probation violation. He is being held on $200,000 bond.

Because he can be held for that offense, investigators are taking more time gathering evidence connected to the deadly collision, Woodrow said.

Blevins is accused of running a stop sign and crashing into the Starkey van at Young and Newell, southwest of Central and West streets, on May 6. The collision killed Starkey clients Dirk MacMillan, 46, and Leonard “Dusty” Atterbery, 25.

Starkey, according to its website, provides staff support and training to promote independence for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

A third Starkey client, a 33-year-old man, and a 30-year-old staff member were both in fair condition on Friday, Starkey spokeswoman Jamie Opat said.

Evidence in the case is likely to be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office next week, Woodrow said. The district attorney will determine what, if any, charges are warranted.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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