FAIRBANKS — A Delta Junction man was arrested Monday for allegedly driving a car with a homemade sovereign citizen-style license plate in Delta Junction.
Alaska State Troopers started following a 1985 Ford Pinto with a plate Monday that read “Approved National Non-Commercial Private Property Without Prejudice UCC 1-308 1-303.6” Monday at the Delta Junction IGA grocery store, according to a criminal complaint filed in court Tuesday.
The acronym UCC refers to the Uniform Commercial Code, a series of standardized laws governing commercial contracts. People in the sovereign citizen movement, who believe the government doesn’t have authority over them, often argue that the existence of the commercial code means that criminal or traffic laws don’t apply to them.
Troopers arrested the driver, Bernard Goodno, 64, of Delta Junction, after a brief pursuit that ended a few blocks away on Nistler Road. Troopers said Goodno has not had a state of Alaska driver’s license since 2007. He has a a history of six convictions for misdemeanor offenses such as driving without a license and eluding that date back to 1997, troopers said.
On Monday, troopers said Goodno rolled down a window and passed out a card that read “Constitutional Rights Investigator Sovereign Civilian Without Prejudice UCC 1-308 / 1-303.6 Questions Answered — Payment Required $15,000 gold fee required for the service. No Contract = No Contract. This is a contract offer. Acceptance is subject to payment.”
Troopers arrested him on misdemeanor charges of driving without a valid driver’s license and second-degree failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer. Troopers originally forwarded a felony count of forging a license plate to the Fairbanks District Attorney’s office. The district attorney’s office filed a much less serious charge, a traffic citation for failing to properly display a license plate, according to online court records.
Goodno was arraigned Tuesday in Fairbanks. His next court date is Nov. 21 in Delta Junction.
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