Superintendent of Calumet City school district charged with DUI

CALUMET CITY Troy Paraday is charged with a Class 2 felony and is accused of driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or more, according to Will County Circuit Court records.

The Will County Sheriff's Department alleges he drove a 2000 Honda under the influence of alcohol in Homer Glen on June 12.

Paraday called the matter "an unfortunate situation" of which the Calumet City Elementary District 155 School Board is aware. He said the matter was discussed by the board in executive session during its August meeting.

Paraday's bond was set at $25,000 during a court hearing in Joliet Monday. A Will County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said Paraday posted bail the same day. He's scheduled to appear in Joliet for a preliminary hearing October 8.

This is Paraday's third DUI offense, including a violation in Woodford County in 1984 and a DUI in DeKalb County in 2001, according to court records. Based on his prior record, the charges were upgraded to an aggravated felony September 19. Prosecutors say Paraday faces up to seven years in prison if he's convicted.

Paraday came to the south suburbs in 2002 as superintendent of Sandridge Elementary District 172. He served in that capacity for about three years before he resigned in 2005 and was hired by District 155 as its chief administrator.

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