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Florida man sentenced to 25 years

Florida man sentenced to 25 years
Posted at 12:01 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 14:28:42-05

A man arrested following a high speed pursuit stemming from a minor accident at a McDonalds’s drive-thru will spend the next 25 years in prison after police found 174 grams of meth within his vehicle.

Michael Angelo Sapp, 40, of Pensacola was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge Edward J. Lodge for possession with intent to distribute meth and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Sapp had been living in Meridian, Idaho when he was initially reported to police on December 23rd, 2014 after striking a pole in a McDonald’s drive-thru at 195 E. Central in Meridian.

When police arrived, Sapp fled the location and reached speeds of 90 miles per hour while police pursued him.

Officers stopped Sapp near Meridian Road and Chinden Road and arrested him.  When police searched his vehicle, they found 174 grams of meth and a .380 semi-automatic pistol.

Due to at least eleven prior felony convictions in Florida, Sapp was not allowed to possess a firearm.

Sapp had several outstanding felony warrants at the time of his arrest and had originally fled Florida to Meridian to avoid arrest.

Judge Lodge found that Sapp obstructed justice by committing perjury at trial and by attempting to unlawfully influence witnesses. 

Sapp also received a sentencing enhancement for “creating a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to other persons in the course of fleeing from law enforcement.”

Sapp will have five years of supervised release following his 25 year prison term and was ordered to forfeit all firearms and $6,000 in drug proceeds.