CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A four-term member of the House of Delegates said Monday he believes politics played a role in his arrest for driving on a revoked license on Friday in McDowell County.
"I do think there was a little bit of misconduct by the Welch police," said Clif Moore, a four-term Democratic delegate.
According to the complaint in McDowell County Magistrate Court, Moore was cited after police ran a check of his license during a traffic stop on U.S. 52 Friday evening.
However, Moore said that when he asked the police officer why he had been stopped, the officer told him he was driving on a revoked license. "That was even before he asked me for my insurance and registration," Moore said.
Moore was arrested in Columbus, Ohio, last November on charges of driving under the influence.
He entered a plea agreement in January, and made subsequent media appearances apologizing for his poor judgment and promoting driver safety.
As part of the agreement, the court in Ohio granted him limited privileges to drive between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. for business purposes during the suspension of his license, he said.
Moore said he assumed the court order was valid in West Virginia under rules of reciprocity.
"I didn't know I was revoked in the state of West Virginia," he said.