Paulding County

Drunk driver kills child not wearing a seatbelt during metro police chase, deputies say

PAULDING COUNTY — A 35-year-old man is facing murder and 31 other charges after leading troopers and deputies on a car chase through Paulding County while drunk, deputies say.

The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office says they were requested to assist Georgia State Patrol early Friday morning because of “an uncooperative male” who would not roll down his window and provide troopers with the necessary information.

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When deputies arrived on scene and he still would not roll down the window, a deputy broke out the driver’s side window. That’s when investigators say the driver, later identified as Charlie Wilson Moore, sped off and ran over a trooper’s foot, beginning a chase.

The chase ended with a P.I.T. maneuver and crash. Deputies rushed to the car to help the people inside and found that a child, unrestrained in the backseat, had been killed in the crash.

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Investigators say Moore was under the influence of alcohol and had a suspended driver’s license at the time of the chase and crash

He is facing the following charges:

  • Murder during the commission of a felony
  • Homicide by vehicle in 1st degree
  • Fleeing and attempting to elude
  • DUI - Alcohol
  • Open container in motor vehicle
  • Endangering a child while DUI of alcohol or drugs
  • Failure to obey traffic control device
  • Five counts of failure to obey stop sign
  • Too fast for conditions
  • Obstruction of LEO (misdemeanor)
  • Aggravated assault against a peace officer (vehicle: at, toward person)
  • Reckless driving
  • Child safety restraint
  • Speeding
  • Five counts of giving wrong signal
  • Illegal stop/stand/park where prohibited
  • Improper turn at intersection
  • Improper/erratic lane change
  • Failure to maintain lane/improper driving on road
  • No license on person
  • Distracted driving - physically holding or supporting wireless device
  • Driving while license suspended or revoked (misdemeanor)
  • Aggressive driving
  • Littering from motor vehicle

At the time of the chase, Moore was also wanted on unrelated charges out of Henry County and Covington.