Crime

Notus man charged in 2014 head-on crash that killed two

Spook Clifford Meras, 26, was arrested early Monday, two weeks after a criminal complaint was issued charging him with two counts of vehicular manslaughter over the deaths of two people in a head-on crash in May 2014.

Meras’ vehicle was on Highway 20 near Purple Sage Road when it crossed the center line and struck a car driven by Eloy Montoya, 74, of Parma. Montoya’s wife, Tillie, also 74, was a passenger in the car and died after being taken to a Boise hospital. Eloy Montoya died several weeks after the crash. Two children in the Meras car were injured.

Meras was allegedly driving under the influence of intoxicants, according to records from 3rd District Court in Caldwell. Besides the manslaughter counts, Meras is charged with two counts of injury to children while transporting minors in a vehicle while under the influence.

When he was apprehended by Canyon County deputies Monday, Meras was charged with resisting or obstructing officers.

Crime Stoppers of Southwest Idaho placed Meras on its list of wanted suspects last Tuesday. He was arrested on a $500,000 bond.

Meras was arraigned Monday afternoon and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 21.

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