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Prom 2013: Chicago limo driver, Richard Madison, arrested for DUI

Richard L. Madison / photo from Cook County Sheriff's office

Richard L. Madison / photo from Cook County Sheriff’s office

Last week, we reported on how to keep your kids safe during prom in the feature: Prom 2013: How to ensure your safety. One thing we left off the list was administering a breathalyzer to the limo driver. Who knew that we’d need to mention it? Apparently, we should have. Chicago limo driver, Richard L. Madison was transporting 23 teens to their prom on Saturday, May 11.

I’m not guilty, but it is what it is,” Madison tells the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday. “The bus needs wheel alignment and that’s why it was moving the way it did.”

The students were afraid for their lives and alerted their parents to let them know what was going on.

Madison is responding to reports that a limousine driver in Chicago is facing charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol after transporting a group of high school students to their prom on Saturday night. 

Oswego East High School student Kelsey Dano recalls her journey to the Chicago-Sun Times.

“It was scary, but we all held it together and we all came together as one and we made it through the whole ride without getting hurt. We knew something was up but we weren’t quite sure what and we’re happy that we made it there safe without getting hurt and that things were taken into responsibility once we got there.”