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Big Island police arrest 2 after protesting need for driver's license, car registration

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HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Two men were arrested on Hawaii Island while rallying for what they call their constitutional “right to travel” without a driver’s license, vehicle registration, safety stickers and car insurance.

The two men were arrested during a “Freedom Ride” near Hilo’s King Kamehameha statue on Saturday.

Police said three cars bearing cardboard plates that read “not for hire” left the statue area on Saturday and proceeded into downtown Hilo.

Patrol officers stopped the three cars on Punahoa Street for obstructing their license plates.

Rodney E. Piedvache, 72, of Naalehu, was arrested and subsequently charged with refusing to show identification, driving with a suspended or revoked license and no motor vehicle insurance.

He was released after posting $1,025 bail. He also received traffic citations for various infractions.

A second man was arrested and charged with refusing to show identification, no operator's license and no motor vehicle insurance. He refused to identify himself and is being held at the Hilo police cellblock with no bail.

Both men's vehicles were towed.

A third 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.

A fourth man was cited for obstruction of license plates and allowed to leave after removing the paper plates and then providing his driver's license, registration and insurance for his vehicle.

The "Freedom Ride" rally was advertised on Craigslist; two groups -- the Waimea Tribunal and Hawaii Common Law -- billed themselves as its sponsors. In the Craiglist posting, organizers said cars are personal property and so should not have to be registered.

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