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Man Charged With DUI in Glen Ellyn While Taking 23 Teens to Prom

The 54-year-old man was driving the high-school students to the Abbington Banquets when they noticed something wasn't right.

A 54-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he transported over 20 teens to their prom in Glen Ellyn while intoxicated, police said.

Richard L. Madison, of the 9900 block of Walnut Terrace, Palos Hills, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of reckless conduct, both class A misdemeanors. Madison was driving a group of 23 Oswego East High School students to their May 11 prom at the Abbington Banquets in unincorporated Glen Ellyn, according to the DuPage County Sheriff's Office.

The students contracted the private limousine service Limos Alive Party Bus to drive them to the Abbington, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. The banquet hall is located on the southwest corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road.

"While (en) route, some of the students became alarmed due to the driver's erratic driving and called their parents to notify them of the situation," the release said.

Two off-duty Oswego police officers providing security at the prom were contacted and notified of what had occurred. They called the Sheriff’s Office to investigate, which led to Madison's arrest.

Madison was taken to the DuPage County Jail Saturday night and was scheduled to appear in bond court. As of Sunday evening, he was no longer listed as an inmate in the county jail.

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office reminds readers that any charges indicated here are merely accusations, and the listed defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

EDIT: The article has changed to reflect Madison's address to Palos Hills, not Palos Heights.

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Patch Watcher May 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM
I find it odd that the Oswego East High School prom was in Glen Ellyn. Are there no other banquet facilities closer in the Oswego area? Most importantly, glad nobody was hurt.
Johner May 13, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I love that names, addresses, and faces get shown and then write a disclaimer that they are innocent until proven guilty. Publishing all their information already makes them guilty in everyone's minds. In this case it sure sounds like he is, but what about all the other cases that get reported? Where are the photo's of those slobs from PADS that keep getting arrested? Shouldn't we know what they look like? Just print "white male, age 54" or whatever the case. Don't mess up peoples lives before they even get tried!

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