A former Fayette County assistant district attorney waived his criminal charges to the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Thursday.
John William “J.W.” Eddy, 37, of Uniontown is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of DUI.
Eddy entered a general waiver, meaning he was not given a tentative plea agreement, according to his attorney, Jeremy Davis.
Eddy was allegedly found with cocaine during a traffic stop on North Gallatin Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. June 4. The Southwest Strike Force Unit was conducting surveillance around McPatton’s Pub when they observed an apparent drug deal between a person in a Cadillac and a man outside the bar. The man outside the bar, who Eddy was representing in a harassment case, was found with cocaine and arrested. The Cadillac sped away and drove through two stop signs, according to court documents.
State police stopped the vehicle, and found Eddy in a bathrobe, T-shirt and shorts appearing “disoriented and nervous,” touching the pocket of his robe with “visibly shaking” hands. Police found suspected cocaine folded in a $1 in his pocket, according to the affidavit filed in his case.
He reportedly told police he had to loan his friend $50, identifying his friend as the person police had just arrested. He agreed to a blood draw at Uniontown Hospital, which indicated he had morphine, fentanyl and cocaine in his system, court documents said.
Eddy’s law license was suspended by the state’s disciplinary board pending the results of his case. He served as assistant district attorney from Jan. 4, 2010 until his resignation June 9, 2017. Following his resignation, he worked through Eddy Law Office in Uniontown working various cases including criminal defense.
Eddy also previously served as solicitor for the city of Uniontown.