Two men who refused to cooperate with sheriff deputies during a Wednesday afternoon standoff because they didn't recognize their authority made their first appearances in court Thursday.
Michael Hicks and David Galland refused to exit their truck after being pulled over by sheriff's deputies Wednesday. Eventually they were cut from their seat belts, pulled out of their truck and arrested.
Deputies brought in extra resources, including the SWAT team, because the men were identified as sovereign citizens, who are known in the law enforcement community for not respecting authority.
In court Thursday Hicks, 55, said he didn't understand his rights or the charges against him. He even declined to confirm his name. Hicks eventually expressed he doesn't abide to the court's jurisdiction over him.
"I don't consent and I don't plead to the court of contracts," Hicks said.
Hicks and his passenger, David Galland, were pulled over because the truck didn't have a valid license plate. The truck was also deemed suspicious on July 24, when a corrections officer saw the truck following him with two men in it.