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Princeton mayor resigns following DUI accident

PRINCETON, W.Va. — The City of Princeton announced Wednesday that Mayor Dewey Russell, 70, has resigned.

The resignation stems from a Friday incident in which Russell was arrested following a single-vehicle accident on Center Street at around 9 that night.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department responded and discovered Russell had struck a parked vehicle. Deputies determined that Russell was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Russell was arrested for DUI and later released on $5,000 bond. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The City said in a press release Wednesday that, “In light of recent developments, Mayor Dewey W. Russell tendered his resignation as Mayor of the City of Princeton.

Russell will continue to serve his elected position as an At Large Council member. Princeton City Council will meet on October 26 at 6:30 p.m. to appoint a Council member to complete the Mayoral term through July 2018.

Russell was elected as mayor in July of 2017.


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