Controversial Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina has been charged with driving with a revoked license after he was recently pulled over by a NC highway patrol officer. Now that he has been defeated in his US House primary race, he’ll certainly have more time to focus on fighting this charge…and two others.
The Asheville Citizen Times reported and highway patrol spokesman Sgt. Marcus Bethea confirmed that Cawthorn is now facing three citations for incidents that happened in three different counties in the Tarheel state.
Cawthorn has two citations pending for speeding in Buncombe and Polk counties in addition to the new charge. Cawthorn was pulled near Shelby, N.C., when an officer saw his 2019 Toyota truck cross the center line of the road despite clear weather and light traffic, according to the citation.
According to the Citizen Times: “The driver was identified as David Madison Cawthorn, 26 years old of Hendersonville, N.C. During the course of the investigation it was determined that the driver’s license was in a state of revocation and he was subsequently charged with driving while license revoked.”
In the prior incidents, Cawthorn was stopped for driving 89 mph in a 65 mph zone and 87 mph in a 70 mph zone.
The Times also reported that Cawthorn had been previously charged with driving after having his license revoked shortly before he was elected to the US House of Representativesc in 2017.
The maximum sentence for the charge of driving without a license in North Carolina is 20 days in jail, but usually a fine or probation is issued instead of jail time.
Luke Ball, A spokesperson for Cawthorn, said: “Our office expects the traffic matters to be resolved quickly and we remain focused on serving the constituents of NC-11.” Cawthorn is also currently facing challenges to his reelection, as a group of voters this week appealed an injunction from a federal judge preventing their challenge to his appearance on ballot this year due to his aiding the insurrection attempt of Jan. 6, 2021.
The appeal is set to go before the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond soon.