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Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:58

Fleeing Fugitive Found Guilty of Assaulting Officer

Daetrus Pilate Daetrus Pilate SCSO
MEMPHIS - Feb. 13, 2014 A Memphis man was convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer who was struck as the defendant slowed and then accelerated through a yard in southeast Memphis, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said.
Daetrus Pilate, 41, led sheriff’s officers on a four-minute chase through Hickory Hill neighborhoods on Aug. 16, 2011, as the officers were trying to serve an arrest warrant charging him with child rape and other charges.
The chase was captured on one officer’s dashboard cameras and the video was played for the Criminal Court jury that convicted him.
At one point, the tape shows Pilate pulling into the driveway in the 6000 block of Whisper Valley, but he then appeared to turn sharply.
As he accelerated through the front yard, prosecutors said, Pilate ran over the foot of deputy Toby Shaw.
Shaw then fired at Pilate as he sped away, striking the fleeing fugitive in the shoulder. Pilate was arrested a short time later when deputies pulled over his gray Jeep Cherokee.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Katie Ratton and Abby Wallace.
Pilate was convicted of aggravated assault and of intentionally evading arrest in a motor vehicle. He was found not guilty of reckless endangerment.
He will be sentenced March 14 by Judge Lee Coffee.
Pilate’s charges of child rape, aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery by an authority are still pending.