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Man to deputies: The Constitution says driving is a right, not a privilege

Hernando Today staff report

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SPRING HILL - A man found driving with a suspended license in the area of Candia Street and Dothan Avenue Thursday afternoon told an arresting deputy he was living in a police state, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Joey Dube, 32, was stopped after he pulled out in front of a sheriff's sergeant, who had to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision, an arrest affidavit shows.

After Dube was pulled over, he provided a Florida ID card, and said his license had been suspended after he didn't pay his traffic tickets.

A background check showed Dube's license was cancelled indefinitely and expired in 2012, and that his license had been cancelled and revoked numerous times since 2009 on convictions including DUI, habitual traffic violator, non-judgement suspension and failure to pay traffic fines.

Dube became "belligerent" with law enforcement, according to the report, and was yelling "f--- the police."

Dube also told a deputy "driving was never supposed to be a privilege according to the Constitution because we pay taxes for the ability to drive."

The Spring Hill man was arrested on charges of felony driving while suspended/revoked (third or subsequent offense), and was combative while being taken to and arriving at the jail.

He was released on $5,000 bail on Friday.

Court records also show Dube was convicted of contempt of court, a misdemeanor offense, in 2011.

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