An ongoing freedom to travel battle between a local family man and government officials continued with the issuance of an arrest warrant last month.
Lancaster County resident Barry Durmaz received a Final Notice of Arrest Warrant stemming from violations of Pennsylvania’s Vehicle Code. The notice was signed by Lancaster County Sheriff Christopher Leppler and dated April 3.
“Be advised that our office has received a warrant for your arrest,” the notice said. “This warrant originated from the magisterial district court listed below.”
A copy of the notice provided to The Lancaster Patriot shows the reason for the arrest warrant as “Fail to Pay” – a reference to over $500 in fines Durmaz received for driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without a license.
Durmaz told The Lancaster Patriot that he responded to the charges in writing, but he will not pay the fines. “They just want the money,” he said. “But they aren’t going to get it.”
The copy of the notice of arrest warrant contained comments Durmaz wrote on the paper in red ink: “No contract / No injured party / No due process.”
The notice lists the originating court as the court of Judge David P. Miller. The judge’s background is not without its own controversy. According to incident reports from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Miller had a potential juror handcuffed and locked in a holding cell for refusing to wear a mask in September 2021.
Durmaz said his freedom to travel on the common roadways of Pennsylvania is “not by state privilege, but by the virtue of Jesus Christ affirmed by the state motto: ‘Virtue, Liberty, and Independence.'”
“In violation of true law, I received a Warrant for my arrest by Lancaster County Sheriff Christopher Leppler,” Durmaz told The Lancaster Patriot. “I immediately returned the Warrant to the Sheriff and his Solicitor, Michael D. Hess, with my Notice of Non Consent. I do not consent to their communistic tactics of paper terrorism, nor that of MDJ David P. Miller, nor of the Department of Transportation.”
Despite over a month passing since the arrest warrant was issued, Durmaz, a father of five, said no one has come to arrest him. He said they might be bluffing, but he is prepared to go to prison if they are not.
“If they send me to prison, I will preach the government of America’s unseen King, which is self-government,” Durmaz said. “The government of Jesus Christ renders a death blow to the evils of socialism, Marxism, and communism.” He is also working with his wife and children on a plan should he end up behind bars.
Durmaz said he has reached out to Sheriff Leppler via mail and is eager to support the sheriff if he will fulfill his duty “to protect life, liberty, and property.”
“I am available to him to overcome the communistic treason of his office by municipal policing agencies not recognized by the PA Constitution,” Durmaz said. “Such foreign entanglements by professional accusers is not American, and certainly not Christian.”