A onetime New Bern mechanic is facing felony charges for allegedly falsifying vehicles’ state-required safety inspections in exchange for money.

The vehicles, which Dustin Ray Wetherington allowed to pass, would have otherwise failed, according to North Carolina DMV authorities.

Authorities arrested Wetherington, of River Road near Vanceboro, Tuesday.

Wetherington, 30, took $20 in exchange for a fake inspection on a 1999 Honda Civic, according to authorities.

He did the same for a 1998 Isuzu Amigo, according to authorities.

Wetherington allegedly conducted the phony inspections at Arnold Automotive, 3325 Neuse Blvd. in New Bern.

A supervisor at Arnold Automotive declined to comment, other than to say that Wetherington was fired when the allegations came to light.

On the phone, Wetherington declined to discuss the case with a reporter, other than to say, "I haven't done anything."