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Monday, January 8, 2007

Bellingham selectman: drunk driving arrest was "my error"

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham Selectman Chairman Jerald Mayhew is speaking out about his drunk driving arrest yesterday.

"I made a mistake, and it was my error," he said in a telephone interview today.

"It has nothing to do with my family or my job on the Board of Selectmen. I made the error and I will do the penance for it," he said.

He added that he hopes to put the issue behind him and "get on with my life."

Mayhew, 70, who is in his fourth term on the board, was arrested yesterday after he was involved in a 1:15 a.m. auto accident on Pulaski Boulevard, Police Chief Gerald Daigle said.

Mayhew refused field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests, which automatically trigger a 180-day suspension of his driver's license, Daigle said.

Mayhew, who was recognized by the officers who arrested him, was cooperative and "gentlemanly" during the booking process, Daigle said. Mayhew was held briefly, then bailed out yesterday morning.

He is slated to appear in Milford District Court for arraignment on Thursday. He is facing charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, and failure to use caution in operating a motor vehicle.

Mayhew lauded the way the situation was handled by Bellingham police.

"I have nothing but high regard and praise for the police force. They handled it in a professional and courteous manner," he said.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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