The blue light flashed and the car in front pulled over. Sergeant Stacy Wyatt, of Weaverville Police Department, was conducting a routine traffic stop. Sergeant Wyatt had noticed that a vehicle was running without a working light over its license plate. It was a small misdemeanor, but par for the course in a normal day’s work for law enforcement officers in the small North Carolina town.
Wyatt approach the car with the usual caution, and proceeded to ask the driver his name. “Bill Sweet,” the man replied. As protocol then dictated, Wyatt asked for identification. But the man couldn’t produce any. Nothing at all. Wyatt was left with no choice but to arrest the man for not having a valid license on him while driving, a crime in the state.