Steve Tanner

Steve Tanner

A Boundary County man and frequent candidate for office has filed a federal lawsuit, charging that check stations set up by the Idaho Department of Fish & Game requiring motorists to stop are violations of the Idaho and U.S. constitutions.

Steve Tanner is seeking a court order to prohibit Idaho Fish & Game from operating the stations, the AP reports, and also is seeking more than $100,000 from the state agency.

State officials say check stations are allowed under Idaho law to catch poachers, collect harvest information and check for diseases in game animals.

In the lawsuit Tanner says he drove past a check station in November 2017 but was pulled over by officers with guns drawn and taken into custody.

Tanner, 66, a longtime self-employed logger and wood products worker, has run unsuccessfully for the state Legislature three times since 2010, twice as a Democrat and once as a Republican. 

Tanner sued a local judge and an array of public officials in 1986 contending that he didn’t need a driver’s license because he was an ambassador of the “Kingdom of God.”

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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