Clearfield man to stand trial for injuring driver while DUI

Moore charged with felonies in Oct. 16 crash

CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield man will stand trial for aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI among other charges.

John Francis Moore, 45, is also charged with two felony counts each of aggravated assault by vehicle and accidents involving death or personal injury while not licensed and additional related offenses. He is being held in the county jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

The charges stem from an accident on Oct. 16 on Route 322 in Bradford Township near the intersection with McDowell Road when the vehicle Moore was driving westbound allegedly crossed a turning lane and struck a vehicle traveling eastbound.

A vehicle collision reconstruction specialist determined that Moore failed to negotiate a curve, leading to him crossing the lanes. He did not lift up on the accelerator, hit the brake or steer to avoid the collision, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The driver of the other vehicle reportedly suffered serious bodily injury including a broken foot, leg and ribs, as well as a bruised lung.

A passenger in Moore’s vehicle had a broken tailbone, ribs and pubic bone in addition to a fractured pelvis, according to the complaint.

A second passenger who suffered minor injuries told police that Moore had used heroin earlier that day.

Police say they found a used hypodermic needle on the front right passenger side of the vehicle in plain view. A multicolored container they located appeared to have methamphetamine residue.

Further investigation revealed that Moore was operating the vehicle while having a suspended license and was previously convicted of driving while his license was suspended at least five times.

A blood test showed Moore had benzoylecgonine, fentanyl and norfentanyl in his system, according to the criminal complaint.

Moore waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County, sending his case on to the court of common pleas for further disposition.


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