Former BSU football standout gets fourth resisting officers charge in 3-plus years

krodine@idahostatesman.comJanuary 10, 2014 

A routine traffic stop on State Street Friday morning led to a brief lane closure and standoff with two Boise men who refused to cooperate, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Both were charged with misdemeanor resisting or obstructing officers, the second time the two faced that charge together in less than a year. For one of them, Boise State football record holder Lawrence W. Bady II, 31, it was the fourth resisting charge in about three years.

Bady, a wide receiver for Boise State in 2003 and 2004, and Antonio Epps, 33, could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted of the misdemeanor.

The incident began at 10:17 a.m. when an Ada County deputy stopped Bady’s red Chevrolet Camaro for having an expired registration. Epps was behind the wheel. According to a sheriff’s news release, the two men refused to open the car’s tinted windows more than a crack and also refused to answer questions or produce the car’s registration information.

More deputies arrived, and both men refused to exit the car for about 15 minutes until deputies told them they were about to break the car’s windows. Epps and Bady were handcuffed and taken into custody.

“It is unclear why they refused to cooperate with deputies, but Epps and Bady mentioned constitutional law several times during the arrest,” the sheriff’s office reported.

Both men pleaded guilty to resisting an officer last year and were fined about $300 after a March incident at Boise State University. According to an article in BSU’s campus newspaper, The Arbiter, Bady and Epps were accused of harassing pedestrians and yelling obscenities.

Bady has been charged with resisting and obstructing officers two other times. One charge, from Garden City police last month, is still pending, and Bady was served with a failure to appear warrant on Friday. Boise police charged him with resisting and obstructing in October 2009, but he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct instead.

Bady holds three Boise State football records: the most yards per catch — 25.03 yards — for a season, 2003; the most career yards per catch (20.2 yards); and longest pass reception (98 yards from quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie in 2003).

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