20 April 2022
Shelby, N.C. — WRAL News on Tuesday night obtained video of a traffic stop involving U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina.
The traffic stop, which occurred on March 3 in Cleveland County, resulted in a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license.
Troopers told WRAL News the truck was stopped for driving outside of the designated lane on U.S. Highway 74.
The video shows a N.C. Highway Patrol trooper stop a pickup truck. You can hear the trooper tell the driver the truck’s tags have expired.
Cawthorn, who is inside the truck, is eventually notified he is driving with a suspended license.
He is heard saying, “Is that so?”
The video shows a woman get Cawthorn’s wheelchair out of the bed of the truck, and then he gets into the passenger seat.
WRAL obtained the dash camera video after joining a media coalition to asking a judge to release it.
“Our office expects the traffic matters to be resolved quickly and we remain focused on serving the constituents of NC-11,” Luke Ball, a Cawthorn spokesman, said in a statement to WRAL News.
Cawthorn, 26, from Hendersonville, was cited in October for traveling 89 mph in a 65 mph zone in Buncombe County and cited again for speeding in Polk County on Jan. 8, state highway patrol said.
Each time Cawthorn was stopped, officials indicated that he was driving a different vehicle.
It’s unclear when Cawthorn’s driver’s license was revoked or why.
A spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Transportation said that “driver records are protected under the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act.”
Cawthorn announced last month that he would be running for reelection in North Carolina’s westernmost district. His next court date is on May 6 in Shelby.