Sovereign citizen clash with police: Ben Fordham reacts after Wollongong Highway Patrol officer allows Glen Short to ‘leave’ during random breath test
- ‘Sovereign citizen’ sparks outrage
- 2GB presenter slams road man’s shocking tirade against police officer
- Man accused officer of trespassing on private property
A bizarre confrontation between a sovereign citizen and a police officer has sparked outrage with questions about why the man was allowed to ‘leave’.
A Wollongong Highway Patrol officer stopped Glen Short for a random breath test on the side of a busy road on Monday.
Short filmed the altercation in which he referred to himself as a ‘self-governing’ citizen, accused the police officer of not having his consent to search his personal details and claimed that he hit a chief magistrate in court.
The video ended with Mr. Short telling the police officer that he had no jurisdiction over him and that he was leaving.
2GB hosts Ben Fordham and Ray Hadley criticized the brazen act on Wednesday, questioning why the self-proclaimed sovereign citizen was “allowed to drive.”
“The guy should have been dragged out of the car, handcuffed and taken to the police station and charged,” Hadley said.
A man went on a bizarre tirade claiming he was a self-employed citizen after an officer stopped him on a busy highway Monday for a random breath test.
‘And the message will be sent to the sovereign citizens now… oh, you can go.’
Fordham added: ‘Why was he allowed to drive?’
NSW Police issued a statement following the release of the video on Tuesday saying no charges had been filed.
A spokesperson provided an update on Wednesday that revealed the driver had since been hit with various offences.
He has been charged with refusing to produce an Australian driver’s license and hindering or resisting a police officer in the line of duty.
Driver’s license suspension, use of an unregistered, registrable class A motor vehicle on the highway, and refusal or failure to submit to a breathalyzer test were also among the offences.
You are due to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Monday 25th September 2023.
Short will appear in Wollongong Local Court on September 25.
The dramatic moment that was filmed by Short and posted on his Facebook page occurred after a police officer took the man out for a random breath test.
In the video, the Wollongong Highway Patrol officer is seen holding a breathalyzer device as he informs the man that he is being recorded on his body camera footage, which the driver complies.
However, the conversation takes a dramatic turn when the ‘self-governing’ citizen accuses the police of accessing his personal data without his consent.
“Do you agree that I have told you that it is a commercial contract with highways and marine services, and that it is a separate corporation from the NSW police force, that it is a different ABN?” says Mr Short.
‘Then you did not have the consent of me, that I am the beneficiary and executor of that legal fictional name.’
You didn’t even have consent to look up the details of that business contract in the RMS because you’re a separate corporation. I study law.
Driver Glen Short told the officer he would not be allowed on his ‘private property’ after the man went on a tirade accusing the officer of accessing his personal data.
Short (pictured) argued that he could not be arrested because “the state of New South Wales is registered in Washington DC with the security exchange commission” and required an ASIC form “in order to legally conduct business in this country.”
After being told that he would be tested for breath and would be arrested if he failed to comply, Short replied: “I’m not driving a motor vehicle, I’m traveling.”
‘That would be if you were trading, I’m actually traveling.’
“You are trespassing on my private property,” Mr. Short is seen in the video telling the officer after the officer tried to open the car door.
‘You do not have consent to enter my private property.’