W.Va. lawmaker changes mind, won’t resign

WHEELING (AP) — A Northern Panhandle legislator who pleaded guilty to drunken driving says he’s changed his mind and won’t resign from the House of Delegates.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that Democratic Del. Ryan Ferns of Ohio County says he won’t resign, but hasn’t decided whether to withdraw his re-election bid. Ferns received more than 2,100 votes in an uncontested party primary election last week.

The 29-year-old Ferns said last month he would resign. He said Friday that he changed his mind because of an outpouring of public support.

According to media reports, Wheeling police arrested Ferns on April 20 after stopping his vehicle. Police say his blood alcohol level was 0.229 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

The first-term delegate pleaded guilty last month and was fined $500.

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