Authorities: Prom limo driver’s blood alcohol level nearly three times legal limit
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter email@example.com May 13, 2013 5:59PM
Richard L. Madison / photo from Cook County Sheriff's office
Updated: May 13, 2013 6:40PM
A limousine driver charged with shuttling 23 teens to their prom while he was drunk had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, DuPage County authorities said Monday.
Richard L. Madison was arrested after a Breathalyzer test indicated his blood-alcohol level was .22 percent, according to a DuPage County sheriff’s police report.
The level at which a driver legally is considered drunk is .08 percent.
The 54-year-old Madison, a driver for Limos Alive in Alsip, was arrested Saturday after ferrying the teens in a bus from Oswego East High School to their prom at a banquet hall near Glen Ellyn.
Several teens became alarmed at his erratic driving and called their parents, who alerted police.
A student told the Sun-Times Madison backed into a ditch, nearly caused collisions by cutting off three cars and repeatedly slammed on the brakes.
Madison couldn’t be reached Monday for comment, but a day earlier the Palos Hills man proclaimed his innocence and blamed mechanical problems with the bus for his driving.
“The bus needs wheel alignment and that’s why it was moving the way it did,” Madison said Sunday during a brief interview.
A spokesman for Limos Alive earlier denied there were mechanical problems with the bus, while another company representative said Madison has been fired.
Madison faces misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and reckless conduct.
He is free on bail.