Florida Libertarian Candidate for Governor Adrian Wyllie has been arrested for driving without a license. But wait, because this is something he has been trying to make happen for three years.
Adrian Wyllie has been making big headlines in Florida where he is taking on Republican Governor Rick Scott and former Republican Governor turned Democratic candidate Charlie Crist. Wyllie has been polling as high as 16%, high enough that just over a week ago he was invited to Florida’s largest Gubernatorial Debate.
Last week, Wyllie was interviewed on the Ben Swann Radio Show where Ben asked him specifically about the fact that he openly drives with no license.
“I did surrender my license back in 2011. I did so in protest of the Real ID Act. As some of your listeners will know, when you go to renew your license in a state that is Real ID compliant, you have to submit an array of documentation including a marriage license, divorce decrees, bank statements and you also have to submit to a bio-metric facial recognition scan that is maintained in a federal database.”
While Wyllie surrendered his driver’s license in May of 2011, according to his campaign manager Danielle Alexandre, Wyllie wasn’t trying to keep it a secret.
“On that day he called every jurisdiction in Pinellas County and said ‘I surrendered my license and I am driving.’ No one would come and get him” says Alexandre.
After Wyllie poked at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department for several months, he was finally stopped and issued a $116.00 traffic citation for driving without a license.
Wyllie took advantage of the opportunity and argued in court that no American can be forced to give up a natural right (the right to travel) for a privilege (having a driver’s license).
The judge took a week to deliberate his ruling, again in a case of a $116 traffic ticket, and when he came back he ruled that Adrian had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Real ID is unconstitutional.
For the last three years, Wyllie has continued to drive without a license hoping to be arrested and charged criminally. Friday, he was given that chance as he was headed to an event put on by the Intercultural Advocacy Institute with keynote speaker State Senator Jack Latvala.
“As he was pulling into the parking lot of the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa in Safety Harbor Florida around 2:00 PM, he was pulled over by a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy. He was not breaking any other ordinances or traffic laws, he was told that he was pulled over for driving without a license.” “That means they knew who he was” says Alexandre.
Alexandre continues, “I was told today by a retired law enforcement officer that in the State of Florida you can pull someone over for driving without a license if you have personal knowledge that they are driving without a license and that they are the one driving the vehicle.”
Of course, the timing of the arrest is interesting. With Wyllie climbing in the polls and now invited to the state’s largest Gubernatorial debate, media will be quick to report on the Libertarian candidate for Governor who doesn’t even have a driver’s license. It also remains to be seen how the smear machine will come after Wyllie now that he faces “criminal charges.”
Time will tell what that fallout will consist of but because he has now been charged criminally Wyllie will have the opportunity to make his legal case against REAL ID. He will have the option to request a jury trial which Alexandre says, is what he has wanted. “He wants to take his fight directly to the people.”
You can listen to the full discussion on why Adrian Wyllie does not have a driver’s license by clicking on the video. The discussion about the license begins at 58:00.