Alb. Co. Man Refuses To Show ID At Traffic Checkpoint


Joe Draego refused to show police his drivers license at the checkpoint because he says he did nothing wrong and does not have to hand it over to them. Draego says it’s his way of standing up against what he calls an aggressive and entitled police force.

“I told him I wasn’t going to give him my ID, that it was unconstitutional,” said Draego, who was stopped at the checkpoint on Old Brooke Road on Thursday on his way home. “I asked him if I was being charged with a crime, he said ‘no’ so I said, I’m free to go.”  

Draego says it was a pretty heated debate between him and the officer. He continued to refuse and then he says an officer threatened to break his window and eventually they told him to pull over.

“We had another argument then they took my tag numbers, checked my license, they said it was good and they said I could go. I went home, I made a sign as quick as I could that said ‘This is how it started in Nazi Germany: police state checkpoints,” said Draego.

He says issues with police in Charlottesville and all over the country have been building over the years. Most recently, he mentioned the ABC agents who arrested and sent a UVa student to jail overnight on April 11th after mistaking water for beer.

“My grandchild is this darling little girl and if we don’t stand up for our children, our mates and our grandchildren I think the future is going to be bleak,” he said.

But the law says the checkpoints are legal and police asking brief questions is legal.

“The courts upheld the traffic blocks because they’re a traffic safety issue that there’s public safety interest in seeing to it that drivers are licensed that drivers are not impaired in some way,” says Charlottesville attorney Scott Goodman. That law was upheld years ago.

Some people living on Old Brook Road like the police presence because it slows drivers down.

“We have a lot of speeders and that’s a big concern for me, having a small child who plays outside sometimes so we’re in favor of having any law enforcement in our neighborhood,” said Ellen Powell, who says she’s let police park in their driveway before to use radar on cars driving by.

But in Draego’s eyes, this small demonstration is one action that can hopefully make a difference for his family’s future.

“I know I can look them in the eye and said I tried my best and that’s all I can do.”

Draego said police told him they were going to serve him a warrant on Friday but he has not received it yet.

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8 thoughts on “Alb. Co. Man Refuses To Show ID At Traffic Checkpoint

  1. He got off lucky. If it was a Round Rock cop, they would have arrested his ass for interfering with a public servant. But I’m glad he did it. At least someone has the balls to stand up and do something.

    1. Agree, NC. If he did that up here in Hooterville, they’d have Tasered him & thrown him into lock-up for resisting. Then his vehicle would have been towed & impounded until a judge set a fine.

      Draego appears to have gotten away with it, but I note that there is a warrant yet to be served; that could turn in to a confrontation of the thug cops making.

      1. I just hope the SWAT team doesn’t do a “fun practice-run” on his *ss. Good luck, friend.

  2. Cops don’t like to have their unconstitutional authority questioned by a peon citizen that has not committed any crime. The criminal was standing at the mans window asking for something he had no right to see!

  3. This guy us right and too many people are down right “Stupid”.

    The ignorant deserve what they get……
    Leave the rest of us alone!

  4. I WOULD SUGGEST,all you forget about road blocks,and spend you last time on earth getting ready for WAR,your anti-christ president OBAMA,is guilty of HIGH TREASON,and if any of you think hes going to prison,WELL,YOUR BRAIN STOPPED WORKING,hes planning to attack america and that should out weigh everything else your thinking about,THE POLICE GANGS will be helping the russian invaders,and most of the politically correct morons will be at their side trying to kiss their ass while their shooting at you and your family,THIS IS VERY SERIOUS,and anyone who goes anywhere without his best battle weapon,is probly going to be dieing in a fema death camp,YOU BETTER WAKEUP,your almost out of time……………

  5. HOW MANY of you have seen or heard of the POLICE GANGS,MILITARY,NATO,and all the rest of the government agents practicing,ATTACKING NEIGHBORHOODS with helicopters,army tanks,swat teams,robot dogs,and all the other shit they have,???? do any of you REALIZE THEY ARE PREPEARING FOR THE ATTACK ON AMERICA,you guys CAN’T BE THIS ASLEEP.are you in DENIAL,thats not a river in egypt you know,thats where foreign troops come out of the goverment tunnels and one day its nice,and the next day you got foreign troops everywhere,AND THEY ARE GOING DOOR TO DOOR taking what ever they want,including your 14 year old teenage daughter,YOU BETTER COME BACK to the real world,ALL HELL IS ABOUT TO COME ON AMERICA and the movie RED DAWN will be nothing compared to what you’ll see…americas PANTS ARE AROUND ITS ANKLES……….and OBAMA is about to give it to the whole country,I can believe so few have seen this coming……………………………..

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