Speeding tickets, revoked license charge pending for Rep. Cawthorn

Published 2:23 pm Thursday, March 10, 2022

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), 26, is again facing scrutiny for encounters with area law enforcement. 


Three recent tickets came to light on Wednesday, with the offenses occurring in Cleveland, Polk and Buncombe counties. 

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On March 3 around 10:26 p.m., a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a 2019 Toyota for driving left of center on U.S. 74 Business in Cleveland County. According to patrol spokesman Sgt. Chris Knox, Cawthorn was charged for driving on a revoked license, a misdemeanor offense that carries a maximum $200 fine or 20 days in jail. Cawthorn is scheduled to appear in court May 6 in Shelby.  


According to court records, this is the second time he has been charged with driving on a revoked license. The first charge was dismissed in 2017. 


The Driver’s Privacy Protection Act prevents the highway patrol from releasing the reason Cawthorn’s license had been revoked, according to its spokesman.


On January 8 at 6:26 p.m., Cawthorn was pulled over for speeding by the highway patrol in Polk County on Hwy. 74. He was traveling 87 mph in a 70 mph zone in a white 2009 Dodge passenger vehicle. His court date is Monday, April 18. 


On October 18, 2021 at 12:51 p.m., Cawthorn was again stopped by the highway patrol for speeding. He was traveling 89 mph in a 65 mph zone on I-40 near mile marker 59 in Buncombe County in the same white 2009 Dodge passenger vehicle. He was given a court date of January 4, 2022 in Buncombe County District Court.


Injured in a car accident in 2014, Cawthorn now uses a wheelchair. He has shared videos on his social media accounts of him driving a vehicle that is adapted with hand controls.


“Our office expects the traffic matters to be resolved quickly and we remain focused on serving the constituents of NC-11,” said Cawthorn’s spokesman, Luke Ball on Thursday. 


Since taking office in January 2021, Cawthorn had an incident with the TSA at Asheville Regional Airport on Feb. 13 where he tried to board a plane with a loaded 9mm Glock handgun in his bag; a Sept. 13 incident where he brought a knife into the Henderson County School Board meeting; a Sept. 13 incident where he allegedly brought a knife to the Polk County School Board meeting; a Sept. 14 incident where he brought a knife to the Johnston County School Board meeting and gave it to law enforcement; and two separate incidents on Oct. 5 where he allegedly had a knife on him at Veritas Christian Academy in Fletcher and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. No charges were filed for the knife incidents.