GOP Rep. Cawthorn facing jail time over traffic violations

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) might be heading to jail.

The Daily Wire reported that Cawthorn is facing jail time after being caught driving with a revoked license. 

The accusation

The incident took place in Cleveland County, North Carolina, on the morning of March 3, 2022.

At 10:26 a.m., Cawthorn was pulled over by Trooper Tyler Gantt of the high patrol after his vehicle crossed the road’s centerline. Gantt issued Cawthorn a citation noting that the congressman “was very polite and cooperative.”

Highway Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Marcus Bethea provided more information about the stop.

“The driver was identified as David Madison Cawthorn, 26 years old of Hendersonville, N.C.” Bethea said. “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.”

The bad news for Cawthorn is that driving with a revoked license is a misdemeanor that carries with it a sentence of up to 20 days in jail. The good news for Cawthorn, however, is that it is more likely for those who break this law to face a fine or probation rather than jail time.

Why was Cawthorn’s license revoked?

Reports have highlighted at least two other incidents that Cawthorn was involved in that led to his license being revoked.

One took place on October 18 in Buncombe County: Cawthorn was pulled over on Interstate 40 for going 89 mph in a 65 mph zone. The second incident took place on January 8 in Polk County: Cawthorn was pulled over on U.S. 74 for going 87 mph in a 70 mph zone.

It would be safe to say that Cawthorn is a bit of a repeat offender here. It’s even safer to say this given that it isn’t even the first time that Cawthorn has faced the charge of driving with a revoked license. He faced the same charge in 2017.

Cawthorn now has three court dates in his future. The first is for the Polk County speeding ticket, which will take place on April 18, then the Buncombe ticket one, which take place on May 3, and finally the misdemeanor charge that will determine whether or not he faces jail time, which will take place on May 6.

Cawthorn has yet to comment on the situation.

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