- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A man accused killing two people in Wichita when he crashed into a van that was transporting people with intellectual disabilities has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and fleeing the scene.

The 56-year-old suspect is being held on $300,000 bond in the Friday afternoon crash that killed 48-year-old Dirk MacMillan and 25-year-old Leonard Atterbery. No charges have been filed.

Police Sgt. Nichelle Woodrow said the victims were among three Starkey residents who were returning home from a program when the suspect’s sport utility vehicle crashed into their van. The surviving Starkey resident sustained critical injuries, while one staff member was seriously injured and a second staffer was treated at a hospital and released.

Woodrow said the suspect was arrested a couple blocks away from the scene of the crash after he ran. He was booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of involuntary manslaughter, three counts of aggravated battery linked to driving under the influence and causing great bodily harm, failing to stop after a fatal accident, driving with a suspended license and violating probation, records show.

The Wichita Eagle reported the suspect has an extensive criminal history, including stealing a 6-foot-tall bronze eagle statue from in front of a Boy Scouts of America council building in Wichita last fall. Kansas Department of Corrections records show he has convictions for burglary, theft, criminal possession of a firearm and drug possession.

The suspect was sentenced to a year of probation for stealing the eagle statue last Sept. 29 and a bronze teeter-totter statue from a Wichita golf course two days later. He pleaded guilty to five counts of theft in November.

Under the sentencing terms in the theft case, he would face 15 months in prison if he violated the terms of the probation.

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