A 36-year-old man faced a minor in possession of alcohol charge after skipping out on his court date 18 years ago.
Eric Madison said from jail, “I was like 17 and got caught drinking beer. They said go to court and I didn’t go to court and this is what happens.”
Omaha City Prosecutor Marty Conboy said the warrant for failure to appear on the M-I-P has been active for 18 years.
Conboy said, “We see people with old warrants come to court from time to time but an M-I-P is a crime committed by teenagers typically and this guy is 36 so it’s an usual situation.”
If Madison had gone to court 18 years ago, he likely would have been sentenced to probation and a fine. Instead, when police ran a routine check on his license, the 18-year-old warrant popped up.
Madison spent the weekend in jail, but his time behind bars continued after another county found he had been arrested on the old MIP warrant.
Madison's release is on hold after another old case needs to be resolved in Madison County, Nebraska.