Maywood Trustee Isiah Brandon, during a Safe Summer press conference two years ago. | File
Friday, May 20, 2016 || By Michael Romain
Isiah Brandon, a Maywood trustee, was charged with an alcohol-related DUI in Elmhurst, according to a May 20 report by the local paper My Suburban Life.
The 28-year-old was charged at 4:35 a.m. on May 13 while he was driving to Elmhurst from Maywood, the paper notes.
When contacted on May 20 about the charges, Brandon confirmed that he had indeed been charged and that the issue was still being handled in the courts.
“I was out connecting with friends and celebrating some of their college graduations when one person we were hanging out with got extremely intoxicated and wasn’t able to get home,” Brandon recalled.
“I decided that, since I hadn’t had anything to drink for a while before leaving, I would drive him to his house to make sure he got there safely,” he said. “It was a bad act of judgement on my part for doing that. I was just trying to be a good friend, but in the middle of trying to help someone else, I put myself in a bad situation.”
Brandon said he looks forward to working through the charges and noted that he was cooperative with local law enforcement authorities.
“I made sure that I worked with the police officers on the scene to give them what they needed to do their job,” he said.
Brandon was elected to his first term on the Maywood Board of Trustees last year. A week ago, he had launched the fourth year of his Safe Summer Initiative, a program designed to help area youths land volunteering opportunities and various support services.
“I continue to look forward to serving the community, focusing on creating a safe summer, and ensuring that our young people are off the streets and engaged in positive activities,” the first-term trustee said.
“There will be some folks who will try using this to their political advantage, but it will not work simply because of my heart for this community and my work that I have been doing to serve the residents seven days a week. I know a quote that is befitting of this situation. ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.’” VFP
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