Crime

Nampa man in injury wreck was driving on suspended license

The front of Michael Sanders’ 1998 Honda Accord sustained heavy damage when it was struck by a car driven by Morgan Meadows just south of Emmett on Sept. 19. Idaho State Police continue to investigate the crash.
The front of Michael Sanders’ 1998 Honda Accord sustained heavy damage when it was struck by a car driven by Morgan Meadows just south of Emmett on Sept. 19. Idaho State Police continue to investigate the crash. Provided by Michael Sanders

When Morgan Lane Meadows, 20, crossed the center line on Highway 16 and struck an oncoming car south of Emmett last month, he didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Meadows had his license suspended in June, following action in a March case in Ada County where he was caught driving without insurance and was accused of reckless or inattentive driving.

Meadows failed to show up for a Sept. 6 hearing in that Ada County case and Magistrate Theresa Gardunia issued a warrant for Meadows’ arrest three days later. It was the third time since May that Meadows failed to show up for a court hearing in the case and arrest warrants were issued.

On Sept. 19, Meadows, a former Emmett resident, was headed north in a 2013 Ford Edge when the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane and struck a 1998 Honda Accord driven by Michael Sanders, 29, of Emmett. The impact caused Sanders’ car to go backward and strike a 2014 Kia Sorrento driven by Melissa Harris, 33, of Emmett, Idaho State Police said.

Meadows, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Valor Health in Emmett for treatment. His wife, Hailee Haze Meadows, 18, also was not wearing a seat belt and was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for treatment.

Sanders, who was wearing a seat belt, was also treated at Saint Alphonsus. In a Facebook post, he said he suffered a partially collapsed lung, broken ribs and cut tendon in his thumb, along with numerous bruises.

Harris was not injured.

The wreck remains under investigation, pending lab results and evidence analysis by the ISP, Lt. Brad Doty said.

Meadows remains out of custody. At the time of the wreck, state police did not realize there was a warrant for Meadows’ arrest, Doty said. Because the case against Meadows was a misdemeanor, the warrant did not appear in the crime database troopers consulted when they checked for warrants, Doty said.

Meadows pleaded guilty in August to felony possession of a controlled substance, in a case out of Canyon County. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7. A second charge of possession of drug paraphernalia is set to be dismissed at the sentencing.

In April, Meadows failed to report to court after he was cited for failing to have auto insurance and failure to register his vehicle. A default conviction was entered against him in that case, also in Canyon County.

In 2015, he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in Gem County. He spent five days in jail.

The year before, he served 90 days in jail after conviction for burglary and grand theft in a juvenile case in Gem County. He also has convictions for failure to purchase a license and violation of a restricted license, both in 2012.

In 2011, he spent 24 days in jail after being convicted of disturbing the peace in a Payette County case. He was originally charged with battery but the charge was lowered in exchange for a guilty plea.

Meadows did not immediately respond to a message sent Tuesday to his Facebook account.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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