Purported ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Arrested After 80-Minute Standoff, Colorado Springs Police Say

Adrian Marion Hill and Patricia Labarge. Source: Colorado Springs Police via Facebook

Adrian Marion Hill and Patricia Labarge. Source: Colorado Springs Police via Facebook

Adrian Marion Hill, a purported “sovereign citizen,” was arrested early today after a standoff with Colorado Springs police, the department announced on its Facebook and Twitter sites. Hill is 45.

Also arrested at the scene was Patricia Labarge, 27, the department said.

The incident began with a traffic stop at about 1:30 a.m. local time, police said.

From a statement by the police department (italics added):

When Officer’s contacted the driver, he partially rolled down his window and handed the Officer making the contact a piece of paper indicating that he (the driver) was a Sovereign Citizen. The driver rolled his window back up, and refused to communicate with Officer’s on scene. Containment was set on the vehicle, and open air communications with the occupants of the vehicle were established. Two passengers inside the vehicle complied with the lawful orders they had been given to exit the vehicle. After approximately one hour and twenty minutes of negotiations by telephone and loud speaker, the driver complied, and exited his vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for one felony warrant, criminal charges for obstruction and interference, and several traffic violations. One of the passengers was arrested for an outstanding warrant unrelated to the traffic stop.

Visit the Facebook site of the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Read report on TheDenverChannel.com.

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