Nampa man who denied drug use before wreck sentenced in other case

Morgan L. Meadows
Morgan L. Meadows

Morgan L. Meadows, 20, will spend two to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to felony drug possession and two counts of possession of stolen property.

During sentencing Friday morning, Canyon County District Judge Bradly Ford also ordered the Nampa man to pay $2,277 in fines and costs.

On Oct. 17, a Nampa police officer who knew that Meadows had a suspended license saw him driving and pulled him over.

The officer observed a number of items in the car that turned out to have been stolen from other vehicles. A drug dog called to the scene alerted the officer to the presence of what turned out to be methamphetamine.

Meadows was originally charged with seven felony counts of possession of stolen property and two felony drug possession counts. All but three were dismissed in exchange for him pleading guilty early last week.

Also on Friday, Meadows was sentenced to two to five years in an unrelated felony drug possession case filed in August. Ford suspended enforcement of the sentence for a year. He was ordered to pay a fine of $1,136 in that case.

A separate charge of paraphernalia possession was dismissed.

Hailee Anna Meadows, 18, who was in the car with her husband during the stop by Nampa police, was also charged with six counts of possession of stolen property. She had been scheduled to appear Thursday for arraignment but did not show up.

Judge Thomas Ryan issued a warrant for her arrest and set bond at $5,000.

Morgan Meadows was the driver of a car that crossed the center line on Highway 16 and struck an oncoming car south of the Emmett in September.

An Emmett man, Michael Sanders, 29, suffered a partially collapsed lung, broken ribs and a cut tendon in his thumb, along with numerous bruises.

Both Morgan and Hailee Meadows were also injured in that wreck.

The wreck remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police. The ISP is awaiting lab results and evidence analysis.

During a text chat with a Statesman reporter before he was arrested in the Nampa case, Meadows said he fell asleep and ran into Sanders’ car. He denied being under the influence of drugs.

“I was not on drugs or anything of that nature,” Meadows wrote. “It wasn’t like I wanted to get his car or anything. It was an accident and I feel horrible about it.”

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell