Bus driver charged with DUI before Clarendon Hills pickup
Updated: August 6, 2012 11:54AM
CLARENDON HILLS — It’s best that a bus hired by a Clarendon Hills resident to take about a dozen people into Chicago June 30 never showed up.
The bus was to be provided by Master Transportation in Chicago. When the bus failed to show, company representatives contacted Clarendon Hills police, who found the bus parked in a lot on Norfolk Avenue. Police said the driver, Gregory K. Nixon, was passed out inside the bus.
Nixon, 51, of 3333 Church St., Evanston, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol at 9:04 p.m.
“He hadn’t even been working for us for a week,” said Jim Venn, principal and president of Master Transportation. “He drove school buses; he drove my kids; that’s why I hired him.”
Venn said a thorough background check on Nixon was done before he was hired.
“He had no priors,” Venn said. “He had his pickup at 6:30 and got out there early; he called us when he got to the area.”
Venn said he didn’t have to fire Nixon after the incident.
“He fired himself,” Venn said. “I hope he goes and gets help. I can’t imagine what happened. I feel bad, but I have no use for him. It’s a blessing that he didn’t make a pickup.”