Frederick Alderman Derek Shackelford was sentenced to probation Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to driving while impaired by alcohol.
Frederick County District Judge Earl W. Bartgis granted Shackelford one year of unsupervised probation before judgment.
Frederick police arrested Shackelford on suspicion of driving while impaired and driving under the influence after a traffic stop early Aug. 25.
Officers pulled over Shackelford’s Lexus on Rosemont Avenue near U.S. 15 around 2:10 a.m. Officers reported smelling alcohol and conducting a field sobriety test.
Police arrested Shackelford and released him later that day.
On Oct. 30, Shackelford pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by alcohol. The driving under the influence charge was dismissed.
Under Maryland traffic law, a first-time driving while impaired conviction can carry up to two months in jail and a $500 fine.
Under unsupervised probation beginning Wednesday, Shackelford will be required to obey all laws and refrain from driving after consuming alcohol. The probation before judgment, also known as PBJ, defers the disposition in the case conditional to the successful completion of probation.
Failure to comply with the terms of probation could result in stiffer penalties.
Shackelford, 48, is a first-term alderman. In the November 2017 election, he received the second-highest number of votes among candidates for the board, trailing only Alderwoman Kelly Russell.
In office, Shackelford has made a priority of tackling the city’s affordable housing issue and is a member of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Group.
“I took full responsibility for what occurred and look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of the City of Frederick,” Shackelford said in a statement Wednesday.