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Nampa man found guilty on federal charges

Posted at 12:36 PM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-23 14:36:58-05

A Nampa man has been found guilty of possessing of over 50 grams of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Reports say Michael Sapp, formerly of Florida, was arrested after a high-speed chase that involved running red lights, driving in the wrong lanes of traffic, and reaching speeds of over 90 mph -- all stemming from a minor accident in a fast food drive-thru on December 23 last year.

Police were informed that a suspected intoxicated driver hit a pole in the McDonalds drive-thru at 195 E. Central in Meridian. When police tried to stop Sapp, the chase began --  until officers eventually stopped him near Meridian Road and Chinden Blvd.

During a search, officers say they discovered 174 grams of pure methamphetamine inside Sapp’s vehicle and a .380 semi-automatic pistol.

Sapp had been previously convicted in Florida of three grand theft charges, burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, pawnbroker transaction fraud, dealing in stolen property by trafficking, and fraud upon secondary metals recyclers. He also had an active warrant for his arrest out of Florida.

Sentencing is set for February 3, 2016, before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge.

Sapp faces a minimum sentence of ten years, and up to life in prison on the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine charge, and up to ten years on the unlawful possession of a firearm charge.