A West Virginia is facing charges after being accused of driving under the influence following a traffic stop early Friday morning in Wheeling.
Ryan Ferns, 29, a Democrat representing West Virginia’s third House district, was pulled over on National Road in the Edgewood neighborhood shortly after 3 a.m. Friday morning.
The DUI charge may affect Ferns’ chance of being reelected.
“We’re aware Mr. Ferns has been charged with a DUI,” said Ferns’ DUI attorney, Robert McCoid. “It’s a non-aggravated DUI, which typically means that the allegation is that his blood-alcohol content was less than 0.15 percent”
However, Ferns’ actual blood-alcohol level will likely not matter to voters, who are not included to vote for someone who has been charged with driving under the influence.
McCoid will not comment on whether Ferns was in fact drunk when he was pulled over.
“I can’t say Mr. Ferns does not believe he was under the influence at the time he encountered the Wheeling police, and it’s not unheard of for the police to make a mistake when they arrest somebody for this type of offense,” he said.
However, McCoid is confident that the case will be resolved before elections in November.
Ferns will be appearing before an Ohio County magistrate in the next seven to 10 days, when he will be formally charged.
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