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'Sovereign citizen' arrested after standoff with police

Published On: Jan 08 2014 11:50:05 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 08 2014 11:52:25 AM CST

Adrian Marion Hill


Police say a traffic stop turned into a standoff after the driver handed the officer a note instead of his license and registration.

It happened on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

Colorado Springs Police say a patrol officer pulled a vehicle over in the 300 block of S. Academy Blvd. When the officer walked up to the driver's side window, the driver partially rolled down the window, handed the officer a note saying he was a "sovereign citizen" and then rolled the window back up.

Police say the driver, Adrian Hill, refused to communicate with officers but two passengers in the vehicle did. They say the passengers got out of the vehicle when they were ordered to.

Officers say that after nearly 90 minutes of negotiations over the phone and by loud speaker, Hill finally got out of the vehicle. Hill was arrested for one felony warrant, criminal charges for obstruction and interference, and several traffic violations.

One of the passengers, Patricia LaBarge, was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

The FBI considers sovereign citizens to be extremists who comprise a domestic terrorist movement that is scattered across the country. Click here to read more about what the FBI has to say about the sovereign citizens movement.


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