A Uniontown attorney and former assistant district attorney who is facing drug charges will be temporarily suspended by the disciplinary board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
John William “JW” Eddy of Uniontown was allegedly found with cocaine during a traffic stop with state police June 4. Police allege he was driving under the influence.
The disciplinary board ordered his suspension Friday. It is effective Oct. 6. The suspension will be active until further action by the court, the order states. His suspension was ordered under a rule pertaining to attorneys facing criminal charges.
Eddy 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 served as solicitor for the city of Uniontown since 2010 but had not attended a council meeting in that capacity for several months prior to his arrest. Council replaced him at their July meeting.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed in his case, state police witnessed Eddy allegedly buying drugs outside McPatton’s bar in Uniontown at about 2:30 a.m. Eddy was representing the man who allegedly sold him the drugs. Police said Eddy sped away from the North Gallatin Avenue bar and drove through two stop signs. Police said he was wearing a bathrobe, T-shirt and shorts when he was pulled over. He appeared “disoriented and nervous” and his hands were “visibly shaking,” police said.
Police said the found suspected cocaine folded in a dollar bill in his pocket.
He agreed to a blood draw at Uniontown Hospital. The blood test revealed he had morphine, fentanyl and cocaine in his blood stream, according to court documents.
He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of DUI. He hired private attorney Todd Goodwin to represent him. He is awaiting his preliminary hearing, which is tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 15.