North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn charged with driving with revoked license

The Class 3 misdemeanor charge, which could carry a maximum sentence of 20 days in jail, is one of three pending traffic citations against the Republican congressman in his home state.

According to North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman Marcus Bethea, at 10:26 p.m. on March 3, a trooper stopped “a 2019 Toyota for a left-center violation on US 74B in Cleveland County.”

Bethea said after determining Cawthorn’s license “was in revoked status,” the driver was charged and given a May 6 court date.

Court records show an earlier charge against Cawthorn of driving while the license revoked in 2017 was dismissed in Buncombe County.

According to Bethea and Court Calendars, the 26-year-old congressman also faces two additional speeding charges issued by the NCHP in separate incidents in different counties.

On October 18, 2021, according to a synopsis provided by Bethea, Cawthorn was pulled over in Buncombe County in a 2009 white Dodge for “driving 89 mph in a 65 mph zone.” Court records say his court date for that violation is May 3.

And on January 8, 2022, the congressman was pulled over in a 2009 Dodge by the State Highway Patrol in Polk County. Bethea told CNN that Cawthorn was cited for “driving 87 mph in a 70 mph zone.” He has a court date of April 18.

CNN has reached out to Cawthorn’s spokesperson for comment.

In North Carolina, a license can be revoked for several reasons, including travel violations while suspended, speeding, and accumulating points, among other violations. It is unclear why Cawthorn’s license was revoked. Driver’s license histories are confidential under federal privacy law.

Correction: A previous version of this story misrepresented the time period in which one of the quotes occurred. Cawthorn was arrested on January 8, 2022.


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