WHEELING, W.Va. — A Northern Panhandle lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge says he's going to resign.
Delegate Ryan Ferns says he will give up his seat in the House of Delegates and won't seek re-election. He also apologized in a statement issued Thursday for any negative attention that he brought to the position.
The Ohio County Democrat pleaded guilty Monday to driving under the influence and paid a $500 fine.
Media outlets report that 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.
Ferns' name will remain on the May 8 Democratic primary ballot. But votes cast for him won't be counted if he withdraws from the race.