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Trial begins for former Middletown Deputy Police Chief

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A former Middletown Deputy Police Chief finally got his day in court on Friday after he was fired for allegedly drinking while in uniform. 

Patrick McMahon was fired more than three years ago after the city said he was drinking while wearing his badge and gun and then lied about it. 

McMahon is now suing the city to try and get his job back. 

McMahon said he's been unable to find a job after being fired from Middletown. 

"He's maintained as he has always maintained, he has always been truthful," said Richard Padykula, McMahon's attorney.

When asked if McMahon was drinking on the occasions that the city said he was, Padykula replied, "As Chief McMahon testified, he was not bale to recall." 

Padykula said McMahon was seen wearing plain clothes and a badge, but he was not on duty.

However, Dan Drew, the city's newly elected mayor at the time who fired McMahon claimed people saw McMahon at a couple of local bars, driving while wearing a badge and gun, and then lied about it. 

McMahon feels he should never have been fired and that he didn't get a fair hearing. He believes Mayor Drew used this because he wanted to hire his own police chief.

According to McMahon, the former mayor, Seb Guiliano, who is a witness in the trial, didn't have a problem with him having a drink while in uniform. 

"I did nothing wrong, I didn't drink on duty. I was not deemed unfit at any other events," McMahon said in court. 

"He old the mayor he wasn't drinking, he told the press he wasn't drinking, he told the union he wasn't drinking then when the initial investigation started, that story changed," said Mike Rose, attorney for the City of Middletown. 

Mayor Drew is expected to be a witness in the trial next week. However, a verdict won't come for a while because this case is being heard by a judge instead of a jury. The judge has 120 days to make a decision. 

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