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Drunk Limo Driver Gets Jail Time

Apr 04, 2014 06:52AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Richard Madison, Photo provided by the DuPage County State's Attorney

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced Thursday that Richard Madison, a former limousine driver charged with transporting nearly two dozen Oswego High School students to prom while drunk, has entered a plea of guilty to one count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

Madison, 55, of Palos Hills, entered his plea in court Thursday morning in front of Judge Paul Marchese, who sentenced him to 60 days in the DuPage County Jail.

On May 11, 2013, at approximately 7 p.m., Madison was transporting 23 students to Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn for their prom celebration. Madison’s reckless driving however, alarmed some of the students who contacted their parents and told them of their concern for their safety. An investigation into the matter conducted by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office resulted in Madison’s arrest on DUI charges.

“Mr. Madison’s actions are beyond irresponsible,” Berlin said. “He was hired to safely transport 33 students to their prom. What he did however, was to put the lives of those twenty-three students in danger when he decided to get behind the wheel after he had been drinking. His actions were so brazen in fact, that because of this case, the Illinois legislature last session voted to enhance the penalty for DUI while transporting others for hire from a misdemeanor to a felony."

Madison will be required to serve 50 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. He will receive credit for thirteen days he has already spent at the DuPage County Jail. 

In addition to his jail sentence, Madison must also; serve two years of probation, perform 100 hours of public service employment, receive counseling as deemed appropriate and pay a fine of $500 plus court costs. While on probation Madison will be required to wear an alcohol monitoring device and must attend two self-help meetings each week. 

News release provided by the DuPage County State's Attorneys office.

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