A former Ferndale public works director arrested for driving under the influence, then fired by the city, is now on deferred prosecution.
Bellingham police said Chad Bedlington, 41, tried to start a car while holding an open can of beer around 1 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4. He was arrested that night on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Prosecutors have deferred prosecution while Bedlington serves five years probation, meaning the charge may be dropped if he stays out of trouble during that time, said Bellingham Municipal Court Administrator Darlene Peterson.
He also was ordered to pay a $128 fine for opening or consuming liquor in a public place, Peterson said.
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Bedlington is the former superintendent of maintenance and operations for the city of Bellingham. He was hired as Ferndale’s public works director in September 2014, then fired less than two weeks after his February DUI arrest.