Crime

Police stopped a sovereign citizen. Here’s what they say happened next

Bay St. Louis man James Webb, a self-identifying sovereign citizen, was arrested in Slidell after a traffic stop.
Bay St. Louis man James Webb, a self-identifying sovereign citizen, was arrested in Slidell after a traffic stop. The Advocate

A man identifying as a sovereign citizen resisted arrest when police stopped his truck, and attempted to reach for a gun, a news release from Slidell police says.

According to the release, officers initiated a traffic stop after they saw a green Ford Ranger violating several traffic laws on Fremaux Avenue.

The driver, James Doyle Webb, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, told officers he was a soveriegn citizen and ignored their request to see his driver’s license, registration and insurance, instead asking for the officers’ names and badge numbers, the release says.

After providing their names and badge numbers, the officers again requested Webb’s documents, which he again refused to produce. Webb instead took out a small notepad and wrote he was a “free traveler,” and not required to give the officers any information because they did not have legal authority over him.

The officers noticed Webb reaching toward a bag sitting next to him on the front seat. According to the release, the officers felt Webb may have been reaching for something, such as a weapon, and ordered him out of his truck.

Instead Webb tried to roll his window up. The officers prevented the window from rolling up, and after a brief struggle removed Webb from the truck and arrested him. No injuries were reported.

A loaded 40-caliber Heckler & Koch handgun was later found where Webb was reaching.

For the rest of this story, visit the New Orleans Advocate’s website.

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