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Standoff Suspects Arrested Without Incident

Posted 8/9/2012 11:51 AM by KWESTBERG

On Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at about 1:50 p.m., a Spokane County Sheriff's Detective was traveling eastbound on I-90 near Sullivan Road when he observed a red truck in front of him with what appeared to be an invalid or modified license plate. The digits on the license plate are commonly displayed by individuals with sovereign citizen philosophy, which historically does not recognize law enforcement authority. The detective advised radio dispatch of the license plate and it was confirmed there was no record of the plate.

A Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy and Liberty Lake Police Officer, fully uniformed and in marked patrol vehicles, responded to assist the detective in stopping the vehicle. Both marked patrol units followed the vehicle northbound on Harvard Road in Liberty Lake, then eastbound to the 25600 block of East Kildea Road in Otis Orchards where they attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

The vehicle pulled into a circular driveway in an attempt to return westbound on Kildea Road. Both Patrol units activated their emergency lights, blocked the vehicle from exiting the driveway and ordered the driver, 55 year old Michael Hicks, and passenger, 58 year old David Galland, out of the vehicle. Both refused to cooperate and remained inside the vehicle.

Due to the sovereign license plate and the refusal of both occupants to cooperate with law enforcement's commands, the deputy, detective and Liberty Lake officer did not approach the vehicle. The detective ultimately advised both occupants they were under arrest for Obstructing.

After multiple commands for the occupants to exit the vehicle, and their persistent refusal to cooperate, other units were requested. Believing there was a high probability the occupants may be armed, several other members of the Sheriff's Office responded to the scene, including a negotiator and the Sheriff's Office SWAT Team.

After approximately three hours of negotiating with Hicks and Galland, Sheriff's Office SWAT Team members were able to safely take them out of the vehicle. Neither Hicks or Galland spoke with deputies after the incident.

• Hicks was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the charges of Failure To Provide Information, Driving While License Suspended 3rd Degree and Obstructing. He was also cited for Modified or Altered License Plates.
• Galland was booked into jail for Obstructing and Failure To Provide Information.