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Police impound vehicles, arrest men in Big Isle ‘Freedom Rally’

Hawaii County police arrested and cited two men who drove into downtown Hilo with cardboard license plates to proclaim what they said was their constitutional “right to travel” with no driver’s license, registration, license plates, safety stickers and motor vehicle insurance.

Police also seized and towed their vehicles.

Police said three vehicles left the King Kamehameha statue Saturday morning with cardboard-type plates reading “Not for Hire,” in what organizers said was a “Freedom Rally.”

Patrol officers stopped the three vehicles on Punahoa Street for obstruction of license plates.

Authorities charged Rodney E. Piedvache, 72, of Naalaheu, with refusing to show identification, driving while license suspended/revoked and no motor vehicle insurance. He was released after $1,025 bail was posted. He also received traffic citations for various infractions.

A second man remained at the Hilo police cell block with no bail because he continued to refuse to identify himself. He was arrested and charged with refusing to show identification, no operator’s license, no motor vehicle insurance. He also received traffic citations.

A third driver was cited for obstruction of license plates and allowed to leave after removing the paper plates and providing his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

A fourth man, 39-year-old Joseph B. Pierce, who has no permanent address, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for yelling in the street while officers were conducting the traffic stops, police said.

The vehicles of the two men arrested were towed under Hawaii County Code section 24-12 duty of police to enforce traffic laws, which is known as “Aliyah’s Law.”

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  • “The vehicles of the two men arrested were towed under Hawaii County Code section 24-12 duty of police to enforce traffic laws, which is known as ʻAliyah’s Law.ʻ” – this does not make sense. that law only covers DUI arrests.

    • I think they quoted wrong Section of Hawaii County Ord. Officers in the State of Hawaii can tow and impound a vehicle from a public road way if the operator fails to properly register and insure vehicle. It is a liability issue if officer cites for those violations, lets driver drive down the road and driver gets into an accident. Liability comes back to city. Most cops are lazy and let go because they do not want to do the paper work.

    • Yes, you are correct–it is “silly”! Need to find THE ANTAGONIST(S) who insights these “LOCALS” to commit these illegal acts and make HAWAIIANS and LOCALS LOOK BAD…

  • Ho hum. Same old same-old. Lance Larsen already did this a couple decades ago. These guys need to go to the World Court at the Hague, and file a lawsuit against Keanu Sai, Regent Pro-Tempore of the Hawaiian Kingdom, demanding damages for his failure to protect them against the illegal occupation of Hawaii by the U.S. acting through its puppet regime the fake State of Hawaii. Lance collected several million dollars in damages, didn’t he?

  • A Modest Proposal: people who want to live without a government should be sent to countries that have no functioning government, only tribal and war lords, and plenty of people who think they ARE the law. Somalia and Afghanistan come to mind.

  • Here in Oregon now, these guys up here are testing the Feds, State, and County. The guys Hilo might also be testing the government. Sovergein movement use this tactic nationally. They also hit rural communities.

    • It’s hilarious that one of the main ringleaders of the Oregon Idiot Militia, who is soooo against government, took out a loan from the government to start his business. What a two-face! LOL “Bundy’s business borrowed $530,000 through a Small Business Administration loan guarantee program. The available public record does not indicate what the loan was used for or whether it was repaid. The SBA website notes that this loan guarantee was issued under a program “to aid small businesses which are unable to obtain financing in the private credit marketplace.” The government estimated that this subsidy could cost taxpayers $22,419. Bundy did not respond to an email request for comment about the SBA loan.” http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/ammon-bundy-oregon-protest-sba-loan

  • At least their behavior was addressed, versus having them carry on and give the impression that lawless behavior will not have consequences. Freedom of speech in a separate and important right that we have, however reasonable laws were put in place to achieve a acceptable level of decorum. Hence, these arrests seemed justified. By the way, where are these people from anyway? Are these the commune transplants that an acquaintance had made me aware of that have settled in certain areas of the Big Island? Need more information.

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