Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 1, 2014

No court date set as Moore remains free on bond

By CHARLES OWENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates charged with driving under the influence of alcohol along U.S. Route 52 in McDowell County remains free on a $500 bond.

The case against Delegate Clif Moore, D-McDowell, has been assigned to McDowell County Magistrate Danny Mitchell. However, no court dates were scheduled as of Monday for Moore, who also works as the assistant county administrator for the McDowell County Commission.

Moore was arrested Saturday night after Senior Trooper B.D. Gillespie of the West Virginia State Police Welch detachment observed Moore’s vehicle swerving “left and right and crossing the center line of the roadway on several occasions” along Route 52.

The arrest is the third traffic infraction incurred by Moore in the past three years. Moore was arrested for DUI in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 24, 2011, and was sentenced in Franklin County common pleas court to serve a six-day sentence in that case.

Moore was also charged with driving on a revoked license on April 6, 2012, in Welch.

Moore returned a message Monday evening left by the Daily Telegraph, but declined to speak to an evening shift reporter.

However, Moore told the Associated Press Monday that his legal counsel advised him not to comment. It was not immediately clear Monday who Moore’s attorney is. Court records also didn’t indicate who is representing Moore on the DUI charge.

According to the report filed by Gillespie, Moore’s eyes were red and his speech was slurred. Moore failed a field sobriety test, and was transported to the Welch detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Gillespie said Moore refused to consent to a secondary breathalyzer test.

Moore, a Democrat, represents the Delegate District 26, which includes parts of Mercer and most of McDowell County. He is seeking re-election, and is being challenged for the Democratic nomination by S.P. “Pat” McKinney, of Welch. Tom Acosta, of Kimball, is seeking the Republican nomination for the District 26 contest.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com