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Police Refuse to Release Ferns’ DUI Arrest Report

April 21, 2012
By TYLER REYNARD Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - The Wheeling Police Department refused to release any additional details Friday regarding the drunken driving arrest of West Virginia Delegate Ryan Ferns, D-Ohio.

Police would disclose only that Ferns, 29, of Wheeling was arrested after officers stopped his vehicle on National Road in the Edgwood area about 3:15 a.m. Friday.

Acting Police Chief Mike Vankirk on Friday instructed Lt. Mike Anderson to deny The Intelligencer's request for additional details about the incident, including a copy of the police report and Ferns' blood-alcohol content. Anderson said the media would be notified if any more information is made available, but he did not say when that might occur.

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A police report had not yet been filed in Ohio County Magistrate Court late Friday because Ferns had not appeared before a magistrate. Following his arrest, Ferns was transported to Wheeling police headquarters, where he was cited for DUI and released to another individual, according to a magistrate court official.

Defense attorney Robert McCoid said he will appear with Ferns at an arraignment proceeding in magistrate court sometime next week, but he declined to comment further on the case.

Ferns must appear before an Ohio County magistrate in the next seven to 10 days.

If he fails to do so in that time, the arresting officer can file a criminal complaint with the court and seek a warrant for his arrest.

Ferns was elected to represent the 3rd District in the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2010.

He is seeking re-election this year.

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