SPD: 'Sovereign Citizen' arrested after reaching for gun during traffic stop

SLIDELL, La. -- Police arrested a man identifying himself as part of the "Sovereign Citizens Movement" after he allegedly reaching for a gun during a traffic stop.

According to the Slidell Police Department, officers stopped James Doyle Webb on Thursday, Sept. 1, after he allegedly violated several traffic laws while driving on Fremaux Avenue.

Police asked for Webb for his license, registration and insurance paperwork initially, but he refused, instead asking for the officer's names and badge numbers, which they provided. According to police, he then pulled out a small notepad and wrote down that he was a "free traveler" and was not required to provide any information since officers had no legal authority over him.

The two officers then noticed Webb reaching for a bag sitting next to him in the front seat. According to police, the officers believed Webb may have been reaching for a weapon so they ordered him to get out of the vehicle. Webb then attempted to roll his window up and lock out the officers, but after a brief struggle the officers removed Webb from the vehicle and arrested him.

The two officers later found a loaded 40 caliber Heckler & Koch handgun near where Webb kept reaching according to SPD.

“I do feel that the quick actions on the part of the officers may have prevented this incident from escalating into a more dangerous and tragic encounter," Slidell Police Chief E.J. Howard said. "Our officers will enforce the laws, including the traffic laws, and will do what is required to keep themselves and the citizens of our community safe."

Webb told police that he is affiliated with the Sovereign Citizens movement an does not recognize the Slidell Police department as a law enforcement agency. He allegedly also told police that he is an explosives expert.

Webb is charged with driiving with no license plate, no insurance, no driver's license on his person, failutre to transfer title, no MVI and resisting an officer.

(© 2016 WWL)


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