Bad Birthday Behavior

Dallas assistant DA gets arrested for DWI on his birthday weekend

Dallas assistant DA gets arrested for DWI on his birthday weekend

Justin Moore, an assistant district attorney for Dallas County, was arrested in the early morning hours of January 4 for driving while intoxicated. According to police reports, Moore, a resident of DeSoto, was caught on Highway 67 near Loop 12 at 2:45 am, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, and nearly sideswiping another car.

When the police pulled him over, they reported smelling a strong stench of alcohol. Moore had difficulty producing a driver's license and showed them his district attorney's office identification. When he refused to get out of his car, he was taken to Dallas County jail.

During the arrest, he accused one of the officers of being an "Uncle Tom" and the other of being a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He also threatened to get the officers fired, saying, "You arrested the wrong person. I'm going to make sure you don't have a job on Monday."

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Moore began working for the district attorney's office when the DA was still Craig Watkins. He was kept on staff by new district attorney Susan Hawk.

"We have confirmed with the police department that an assistant DA was arrested last night under the suspicion of DWI," said Hawk in a statement to WFAA. "We are suspending this person without pay until we can review the facts surrounding his arrest and make any further decisions."

According to WFAA, his birthday is January 5; he turned 28 today. He's been released from jail on a $500 bail.

Assistant DA Justin Moore
Justin Moore was arrested early in the morning of January 4, a day before his 28th birthday. Photo courtesy of DPD