(04/30/2008)
Nicholas County's prosecuting attorney was charged with drunken driving over the weekend after he wrecked his car in Webster County.

Police said Mark D. Hudnall wrecked his car in a single-vehicle accident near Diana.

Nicholas County Commissioner Spurgeon Hinkle said the commission would have to seek legal advice outside of the prosecutor's office to determine what, if anything, they could do.

"As far as I know, we have no power over any elected official...I don't know if we have the power to force a leave of absence. I'm just not sure," said Commission President Tom Blankenship.

"I hate it for Mark, for his family. I hate it for the county, I hate it for the embarrassment...It is something we are definitely going to have to face," Blankenship said.

Braxton County's Assistant Prosecutor was arrested for DUI a few weeks ago.


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