Man who allegedly led Bellaire Police officer on deadly chase faces trial
The trial for man accused of leading a Bellaire Police Department officer on a chase which ultimately resulted in the death of the officer was scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 5.
Dante Moore, 30, allegedly led Bellaire Officer Anthony Marco Zarate on a chase about 1:30 p.m. July 12, 2016.
Zarate had completed a routine traffic stop near Meyerland Plaza when employees of the Target in the shopping center flagged him down and reported a theft, police said at the time. Zarate tried to pull over the suspects in the plaza parking lot but the two people in the car allegedly took off.
Moore, who was reportedly with his twin brother, is believed to have led a chase in a residential area along the 8500 block of Ferris.
While in pursuit, Zarate, 52, lost control of his motorcycle and slammed into the trailer of a landscaping crew. He was rushed to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Moore surrendered to authorities a day after the wreck. He was initially charged with murder. He is currently facing a charge or evading arrest of detention-death or seriously bodily injury. The charge is a second-degree felony, according to the Texas Penal Code. A second-degree felony includes a penalty of two to 20 years in prison and a possible fine up to $10,000.
His brother, who was a passenger in the vehicle, plead guilty to misdemeanor evading and was sentenced to 340 days in county jail.
Moore has previously been convicted of felony offenses in Harris County three times, including a previous charge of evading arrest and burglary, according to Harris County District Clerk records.
Motions to suppress previous statements and a motion in limine to exclude certain testimony have been submitted by Moore’s attorney.
He is being represented by Houston attorney Danny K. Easterling. The case is being handled in Maria T Jackson’s 339th Criminal Court.