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Police: Drunken driver hits pedestrian in Bellingham

A suspected drunken driver was arrested early Sunday, June 8, after hitting a pedestrian on North Garden Street in Bellingham.

A 22-year-old man had been walking in a crosswalk around 1:30 a.m. when a red Ford Focus turned right from East Chestnut Street onto North Garden and hit the young man, said Bellingham Police Sgt. Mike Scanlon.

The pedestrian suffered a leg injury that wasn’t life-threatening.

The driver, Jacob Christian Smith, 32, of Ferndale, failed sobriety tests, Scanlon said.

He was taken to St. Joseph hospital to have his blood drawn. Official toxicology results won’t be available for weeks.

Officers booked Smith into jail on suspicion of vehicular assault. He’s also awaiting trial on domestic violence charges that were filed in May.