A Washington state sheriff’s deputy was in for a surprise last week after being flagged down by a local resident.
The incident began last Saturday when liberty activist and former congressional candidate Gavin Seimnoticed a Grant County deputy driving an unmarked vehicle.
According to Washington state law RCW 46.08.065, no law enforcement officer is permitted to use an unmarked vehicle unless in accordance with undercover work.
It is unlawful for any public officer having charge of any vehicle owned or controlled by any county, city, town, or public body in this state other than the state of Washington and used in public business to operate the same upon the public highways of this state unless and until there shall be displayed upon such automobile or other motor vehicle in letters of contrasting color not less than one and one-quarter inches in height in a conspicuous place on the right and left sides thereof, the name of such county, city, town, or other public body, together with the name of the department or office upon the business of which the said vehicle is used.
After requesting the deputy’s identification, Seim laid out his reasoning for the stop while confirming that the officer was not in compliance.