Deputies took a driver into custody Wednesday after stopping their pickup on Highway 26, noting that the truck had a “PRIVATE” plate.

The driver was non-compliant with deputies during the traffic stop near 185th Avenue, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

The pickup truck had a plate on the back that said “PRIVATE, no driver license or insurance required, not for commerce use – private mode of travel.”

There are several posts and articles that use excerpts from Supreme Court cases to claim that drivers do not need insurance or state-issued licenses (or permits) to drive on public roads — requirements to operate vehicles in Oregon and Washington.

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