Carbondale Police employee charged with DUI

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Geoffrey Ritter
Weekend Times

CARBONDALE — A Carbondale Police Department employee faces a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol after an Illinois State Police trooper arrested him earlier this month.

Carbondale Police dispatcher Richard L. Minton, 23, was stopped sometime after 1 a.m. Sept. 18 near the intersection of West Walnut and Poplar streets in Carbondale for alleged improper lane usage and expired registration, according to documents filed at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Minton was booked into the Jackson County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. He was released the same day after posting his driver’s license and $100 cash, according to an official at the jail. According to documents, he refused alcohol tests. His is scheduled to make his first court appearance Oct. 18.

Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity said Thursday that Minton remains an active employee with the city. Minton declined to comment on the arrest Friday morning, referring questions to his attorney, Terry Green. Green was not available for comment Friday.

Minton made news this year after Molly Young, 21, was found dead in his Carbondale apartment in March from a gunshot wound to her head. The Illinois State Police continue to investigate that incident, and authorities have made no public statements on the nature of Young’s death. No charges have been filed.