Cabell Co. Magistrate Candidate Accused of Threatening Police

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man running for magistrate in Cabell County was arrested early Saturday morning in Huntington.

Huntington Police arrested Paul Qualls, Jr., 27, of Huntington. in the 400-block of 12th Street about 3:15 a.m.

Qualls was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, threats of retaliation and failure to process. All the charges are misdemeanors.

According to the criminal complaint, Qualls told police he had consumed several alcoholic beverages earlier in the evening. The arresting officers said he had glassy red eyes, slurred speech and the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.

The officer also said Qualls refused to obey his orders to be quiet and leave the area.

Then during processing at police headquarters, the complaint says Qualls repeatedly made threats of retaliation against any officer who might appear before him as a magistrate if the arresting officer did not drop charges and release him immediately.

Police also say the Qualls refused to let officers take his fingerprints after being photographed.

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