Police employee pleads guilty to DUI charge

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CARBONDALE — A Carbondale Police Department employee pleaded guilty this week to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Carbondale Police radio dispatcher Richard L. Minton, 24, entered the plea Nov. 7 in Jackson County circuit court and received a sentence of 12 months court supervision and 100 hours public service. He also was ordered to pay fines totaling $2,145 and attend alcohol treatment.

Minton was stopped sometime after 1 a.m. Sept. 18 by an Illinois State Police trooper for alleged improper lane usage and expired registration. The charge of improper lane usage was dismissed this week.

Minton was booked into the Jackson County Jail the night of his arrest but was released the same day after posting his driver’s license and $100 cash bond, according to an official at the jail. 

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.