UPDATED – 9-13-17
Richmond-Burton High school athletic director Patrick Elder appeared in McHenry County court on Wednesday and was charged with a felony drunken driving charge from a July 15th arrest, the charges are based on prior DUI convictions.
After the hearing and being processed Elder was out of jail shortly after 10 a.m. when he posted 10 percent of his $40,000 bond. If convicted Elder could face up to seven years in prison. The other option if he is convicted and he gets probation, includes serving at least 10 days in jail or complete 480 hours of community service and the possibility of losing his driving privileges for a minimum of 10 years.
Elder was replaced as the Richmond-Burton football coach in early August after his arrest, but no statement has been issued from school officials since the hearing took place today about his athletic director position with the school.
UPDATED – 8-7-17
The Northwest Herald is reporting that Richmond-Burton Head Football Coach has been replaced, but for now will remain as the school’s Athletic Director.
Assistants Tad DePorter and Brett Zick will act as co-head coaches for the 2017 season.
(8-2-17) According to several Northwest Herald stories, Richmond-Burton (Illinois) Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Pat Elder is facing some legal issues, felony driving under the influence, after being charged July 15 with driving under the influence of alcohol. Spring Grove, Illinois police stopped Elder’s vehicle on Route 173 just after midnight. Police reports show that the 44 year older Elder refused to take any sobriety tests. Elder was also cited for improper lane usage and no proof of insurance.
It’s the not the first time Elder has had issues, he had DUI convictions in McLean County in 1991 and 1995, he also has a felony theft conviction on file for 1991. Elder would have been 18 years old in 1991.
Should Elder be found guilty the penalties for this DUI conviction it will include include a mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail (or 480 hours of community service), a possible loss of driving privileges for at least 10 years, three to seven years in prison, up to four years of probation and $25,000 in fines.
Elder’s Rockets are scheduled to kick-off the high school football season August 25th at home against Wauconda. The Richmond-Burton BOE is scheduled to meet again on August 16th. The R-B web site has no information on the current situation or Elder’s status with the system.