Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 30, 2014

Moore charged with DUI: State police arrest W.Va. delegate in McDowell

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ELKHORN — State Police conducting a road patrol on U.S. Route 52 early Saturday morning arrested a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

State Delegate Clifton “Clif” Moore, D-McDowell, was arrested after Senior Trooper B. D. Gillespie observed Moore’s vehicle swerving “left and right and crossing the centerline of the roadway on several occasions,” according to Gillespie’s incident report of the arrest.

Gillespie conducted a traffic stop of Moore’s vehicle on Elkhorn Mountain about one-half mile south of the intersection of U.S. Route 52 and State Route 161, at 1:15 a.m. Trooper R.W. Justus was also in the same vehicle with Gillespie.

“While speaking with the defendant, this trooper observed that the defendant’s eyes were red and his speech was slurred,” Gillespie wrote in his narrative. “This trooper then conducted the following field sobriety tests on the defendant: One-leg stand, walk and turn, and horizontal gaze nystagmus. The defendant’s performance on each of these standard field sobriety tests indicated that he was under the influence of alcohol.”

Gillespie wrote in his narrative that he then placed Moore, 65, under arrest and transported him to the State Police Welch Detachment. Gillespie wrote in his narrative that he, “attempted to administer a secondary breath test, after advising the defendant of his implied consent warnings, to which the defendant refused,” Gillespie wrote in his report. “The defendant was later transported to the McDowell County Jail.”

Moore was arraigned at 11 a.m., before McDowell County Magistrate Richard VanDyke, who set Moore’s bond at $500.

In addition to serving with the House of Delegates, Moore is McDowell County assistant county administrator.

Moore had a prior arrest in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 24, 2011 and was sentenced in Franklin County common pleas court to serve a 6-day sentence.

Moore had lived in Columbus in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Moore was also charged with driving on a revoked license on April 6, 2012, in Welch.

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