Police charge director with driving under the influence

By R. Scott Lohman

NIU’s band and marching band director was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Frank V. Bibb, 43, of 442 W. Hillcrest Dr., was arrested Friday and charged with disobeying a traffic control device and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content over 0.10, DeKalb Police said.

Bibb ran a red light at the intersection of West Lincoln Highway and Normal Road and continued to drive his vehicle off the road and onto the curb and grass, police said. When Bibb’s vehicle was stopped, Bibb exited the vehicle, police said. Police said Bibb used his vehicle to brace himself when police talked to him.

Police said they noticed that Bibb smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Bibb was released from police custody on $100 bond, police said.

DeKalb County State’s Attorney Michael Coghlan said if this is the first DUI offense, it is a Class-A misdemeanor which carries a penalty of up to one year in the DeKalb County Jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Coghlan said there also will be fees for a mandatory alcohol evaluation, court fees, attorney’s fees and insurance rates usually will increase.

Bibb is a faculty member of the athletic department, and NIU Athletic Director Gerald O’Dell said there have been no meetings or plans for meetings in regard to Bibb’s future employment with the university.

Bibb came to NIU in 1984 from California State University in Fresno. He made many changes in the marching band program, including changing the name from “The NIU Marching Huskie Show Band” to its present name, “The NIU Huskie Marching Band.”

He also established new programs for each performance rather than repeating the same half-time show week after week.

Bibb was not available for comment.