Azle man settles suit against county involving collision with sheriff’s deputy

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An Azle man who was injured last year when a sheriff’s deputy’s SUV hit his pickup, which was pulling three horses in a trailer, has settled a suit against Tarrant County over medical and veterinary bills, court records show.

Chris Ponder, a Tarrant County assistant district attorney, declined to discuss the terms of the settlement with Randall Moore of Azle.

“We came to an agreement, and the case is now closed,” Ponder said.

Moore’s attorney, Brian Cartwright, did not return calls seeking comment Friday.

Moore has said he sued because the county would not pay some of his medical bills or veterinary bills for the three injured horses.

According to the suit, the wreck occurred April 1, 2012, as Moore was driving his pickup southbound on Silver Creek Road, hauling a trailer with three horses. His wife, Tammy, was following in an SUV with their two children.

It was dark on the two-lane road when, Moore said, he saw flashing lights ahead and slowed down. Coming toward him was Tarrant County sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Dearing responding to an emergency call.

Dearing swerved into Moore’s lane several times, eventually striking the pickup near the door before hitting the horse trailer, the suits said. Moore’s pickup and Dearing’s Chevrolet Tahoe ended up in ditches on opposite sides of the road, and Tammy Moore’s SUV also went into a ditch.

In their suit, the Moores said that Dearing was speeding and not following departmental procedures.

A report obtained by the Star-Telegram indicated that Dearing acknowledged causing the wreck, was found to be negligent and was suspended for five days without pay.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696

Twitter: @fwstliz

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