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Judge pleads guilty to improperly stopping at Bullskin accident scene

| Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

A Westmoreland County district judge was on the other side of the bench on Monday.

Charles “Chuck” David Moore, 52, of East Huntingdon, whose office is in Scottdale, pleaded guilty to a summary charge of improper stopping before Connellsville District Judge Ronald J. Haggerty Jr., according to court records.

State Trooper Robert Wilson of the Uniontown barracks alleged that Moore stopped at the scene of an accident on the “northbound passing lane of Route 119 and refused to move after firefighters advised him to keep moving,” according to one citation.

Moore's attorney, Kenneth Burkley, said the charges resulted from “a misunderstanding.”

“We think it was a misunderstanding by people at the scene,” Burkley said as he left Haggerty's office. “Mr. Moore's interests were to see if people he knew were OK because of (a vehicle) accident.”

Moore was not involved in the accident.

Haggerty dismissed three summary offenses filed in connection with the Oct. 3 accident shortly before 8 p.m. near Marion Motors in Bullskin.

Moore was ordered to pay a $25 fine and costs, Burkley said.

Moore declined comment.

The incident happened “in seconds,” Burkley said. “I think they were just caught up in the moment, in the quickness of everything.”

The judge was right to dismiss the other summary charges, Burkley said.

Moore was sworn in as a district judge in December, replacing J. Bruce King, who retired. He served as acting Westmoreland County sheriff before winning the district judge position in the November 2011 election.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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