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Hanover County Gets Slammed With $19M Lawsuit

posted Feb 14, 2013, 5:07 AM by Prep Experts
Virginia farmer sues Hanover County for alleged 4th Amendment rights violation during a “traffic safety checkpoint”
King William and Hanover, Va. – A Virginia man from King William County area has filed a federal lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for deprivation of rights (case: 3:12CV873), after allegedly being assaulted and battered by deputies from Hanover County Sheriff’s office for not providing a driver’s license during a traffic safety checkpoint.
According to the 18-page complaint filed on December 12, 2012, Roy Miller, was traveling along Va. Route 30 on September 27, 2012, in his pickup truck with “Farm Use” tags, when he was stopped by Deputy David T. Parrish, and was demanded to provide his driver’s license.  Miller refused to provide a license which isn’t required for him to obtain as a farmer operating a vehicle for farm use or personal traveling.
“The Virginia Code clearly states that no person shall be required to obtain a driver’s license for the purpose of operating any farm vehicle, and that includes pickups.  There is no license requirement for traveling the public roads as long as there is no commerce involved.” Miller stated.  He added – “to do so would be a violation of people’s freedom.”