Texas Teacher Arrested for Declining to Sit at the DMV

I went with my girlfriend to the DMV to renew our driver’s licenses. We got to the office, waited in line, picked up the renewal forms and filled them out. While we were waiting to go back in a lady came into the office, I offered and gave her my seat. At that point a worker from the DMV who had been outside at her car came into the office where we were, began shouting at me telling me that, “sit down.” She then informed me that the fire marshal would, “shut the place down” if I didn’t sit down. I then asked her to please show me any written guidelines, policies, or procedures that required customers of the DMV to be seated at all times. She then left the office without saying a word.

Less than a minute later another customer went in and I took their seat. I sat there for about five minutes when I was approached by four detectives who forced me outside when I began to video.

I was arrested for criminal trespass on public property. I was told by the first officer in the video after I had been put in the police car that he had talked to all of the other customers in the office and they all agreed that I had done nothing wrong and had not been rude. I then told him that he should uncuff me and let me out of the car because I hadn’t done anything wrong. He referred me to the Captain Rex Evans who walked to the car and told me that, “I made an incredibly stupid decision that would cost me a lot of money.” They took my phone as evidence.

I was then taken to Liberty County Jail. I was then strip searched, put in orange pajamas and stuck in a cell for four hours until I bonded out for $500.

Since the arrest Captain Evans has taken it upon himself to call the school that I teach at to harass them that I had been arrested. Luckily I left the job prior to his phone call. I have also gotten affidavits from four of the witnesses in the office who confirm my story.

Captain Rex Evans is the officer who talks most of the video. He is also the police officer who took a crank call from a psychic about 20-30 dead bodies on a guys farm a few months ago that made national news.


My court date is March 14th. The charges should be dropped. I was able to get my phone back by talking with the Assistant County Attorney who was great. Her name is Karen McNair. I’m looking at a civil suit and pressing felony charges against either Captain Evans for writing a false report or the DMV lady who made the false statement.


Here’s some contact information, if you’re so inclined to reach out to this misguided public officials.


Henry Patterson

Sheriff Henry Patterson

2400 Beaumont Ave.

Liberty, TX 77575

(936) 336-4500




1923 Sam Houston, Suite 202

P.O. Box 9127

Liberty, Texas 77575

Phone: 936-336-4650

Fax : 936-336-4568

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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.