Rep. Cawthorn Faces Up To 20 Days In Jail

( )- Earlier this month, North Carolina Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn was charged with driving under a revoked license, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 20 days in jail.

The Republican firebrand was pulled over by North Carolina Highway Patrol on March 3 in western North Carolina after he was spotted crossing the centerline. During the course of the traffic stop, it was determined that Cawthorn’s license had been revoked.

In his citation, trooper Tyler Gantt noted the weather was clear and traffic was light, adding that Cawthorn was “very polite and cooperative.”

A spokesman for Congressman Cawthorn, Luke Ball said in a statement that Cawthorn’s office expected the traffic matter to be quickly resolved.

In addition to driving on a revoked license, Cawthorn has also received two citations for speeding in different counties. In October, he was pulled over for speeding after traveling 89 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 40 in Buncombe County. In early January, Cawthorn was again cited for going 87 mph in a 70 mph zone in Polk County.

Cawthorn will appear in court on May 6 for the March 3 incident. He is scheduled to appear in Buncombe County court on May 3 and in Polk County court on April 18 on the two speeding citations.

In 2017, before he was elected to Congress, Cawthorn was charged with driving under a revoked license in Buncombe County, but the charge was dismissed.

While the maximum sentence for driving with a revoked license is 20 days in jail, typically the punishment is a fine or probation.

Madison Cawthorn was seriously injured in a 2014 car accident in Florida that left him in a wheelchair. Cawthorn was a passenger in the vehicle when his friend fell asleep behind the wheel.