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Drunk Limo Driver Drives OEHS Students to Prom: Police

The limo driver was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and one count of reckless conduct.

Many schools and local police make sure students attending prom know not to drink and drive.

But what if it's your limo driver that's drunk?

A 54-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he transported over 20 Oswego East High School teens to their prom 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 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.

mike ellison May 12, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Excellent work by everyone. The kids were very responsible and the OPD followed up through DuPage police to get this guy off the road. Next time, don't hire the "Party Bus" for your transportation :)
Linda Layman May 12, 2013 at 05:51 PM
How come the parents didn't notice they were there taking pictures. We all have to be aware of who is taking are kids anywhere.
Donna Thill May 12, 2013 at 11:58 PM
It's NOT the fault of the parents...GHEEZ.
Christi May 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Probably because he was a functioning drunk - until he drove. Don't blame the parents for this!
Me May 13, 2013 at 01:26 PM
That guy would of been happy he got arrested if he was driving my kid around while he was drunk. We would of had some serious issues.
Lois Goulet Federau May 13, 2013 at 01:27 PM
That's appalling that they are misdemeanor charges. Kuddos to the great actions of the kids who called their parents!
Annoymous Annoymous May 13, 2013 at 01:30 PM
I feel bad for the kids. We hire these limo services because we don't want to have to worry about the kids out with drunk drivers. We never thought about the driver being drunk. I thanks God all the kids were ok.
Tammy May 13, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Wow. Why not 20 charges of endangerment of a minor?
Nicki May 13, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Tammy not all high school students are minors. Those kids did a great job of being responsible.
Madmax May 13, 2013 at 03:17 PM
This is not the parents fault at all. I was there and my son was on another one of the three party busses that were hired. A lot of people and cars. Us parents were there to share in our kids memorable day. Sorry, but it doesn't just come to mind "oh, I should probably go interview the driver and make sure he is not drunk". These companies are responsible for who they hire and monitoring of their employees! The kids did a great job in handling the situation appropriately. Thank God that they all are safe. It is inconceivable to me that these are misdemeanor charges as well. That man knowingly risked the lives of 23 kids for crying out loud, as well as others on the road.
OP Dad May 13, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Denise, at the root it's the drivers fault but all parents need to be MORE than vigilante in the protection of our children. As a parent it has "just come to mind" to check out ALL the people interacting with my kids, including teachers, clergy, coaches, friends, friend's parents/siblings and more. ESPECIALLY someone (and a total stranger at that) who is going to literally be holding the life of my child in his/her hands in a vehicle. Maybe I'm an over-protective parent, but I'd rather be over-protective than lament the fact I wasn't after a tragedy. That said, I agree this waste of human life should be charged to the fullest extent of the law, and thank God none of the kids were physically hurt.
mike ellison May 13, 2013 at 09:13 PM
OP- I agree. With something such as this limo ride, I'd imagine that the driver stopped at one of the kid's houses to pick everyone up. Wasn't there a parent involved at that point who could have spent a minute talking to this guy?
Mel May 13, 2013 at 09:29 PM
I can't believe it...This guy has driven us several times to the airport and has picked us up. He was great for us, but makes me wonder now!! Great job for the kids to have heads up on the situation. Driving those kids drunk...No excuse for that. Now drinking afterwards...for sure I would've poured myself a few once I got home!!
Daniel May 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Idiots !! All u guys. This happens all the time. You guys are just so blind. . Your kids want this. Don't come on this and say. Ooooooot is so bad. ! Be real.
JPauly May 14, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Let's not forget, this man also drove a school bus for IL Central, which means he also drove our little ones daily. I'm a huge advocate of innocent until proven guilty, but a .222 BAL!!??
Linda Layman May 14, 2013 at 01:02 PM
I just wanted to make a point that the parents were there. I believe my point has been made and now we are aware. I never said the parent's were at fault. But I am sure that in the future someone will talk to the drivers before they put there kids on a bus, limo or taxi.
Melissa Yackley May 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM
I'm not saying it is the parents fault, but out of all those parents not a single one thought to talk to the man who was going to be driving their child???? Just saying.
roxanne February 07, 2014 at 06:27 PM
Just saying what?.........This is NOT the parent's fault. And yeah, maybe no one went to talk to the driver. Who would have thought they would had to? Maybe the guy is a functioning alcoholic. Maybe he was talking to the kids and he sounded & acted at that moment just fine. With the excitement & picture taking, I really doubt if that even ran across the parent's heads.

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