State trooper took Rep. Madison Cawthorn's license during March traffic stop, video shows
March 3, 2022 - Dashcam video shows a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper pulled over U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn (NC-11) in{ }Cleveland County, NC and took his license because there was a ‘pick up order on it.'{ }(Courtesy: The News & Observer)

Recently released video shows the night U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn (NC-11) was pulled over for a traffic violation in Cleveland County.

State trooper took Rep. Madison Cawthorn's license during March traffic stop, video shows

The video, provided to News 13 by The News & Observer, shows a North Carolina state trooper pulling Cawthorn over at 10:30 p.m. on March 3 in Cleveland County. The trooper reportedly pulled Cawthorn over for driving left of the center line. Although the audio is distorted, the trooper can also be heard telling Cawthorn his tags were expired. The traffic stop resulted in the Republican congressman being issued a violation for driving with a revoked license.

“Unfortunately, I’ve got to take your license,” the trooper can be heard saying.

The trooper then explains to Cawthorn why he had to confiscate the District 11 incumbent’s driver’s license.

“Pretty much, if your license is suspended, they’ll have a pickup order on it,” he said. “If you get caught for anything, we’ve got to take it from you.”


Cawthorn’s license was suspended following a recent conviction on a 2019 speeding violation out of Clayton County, Georgia. According to Cawthorn’s traffic citation, the congressman was clocked driving 92-miles-per-hour in a 65-mile-per-hour zone.

Court documents show Cawthorn was convicted on the speeding charge in August 2021. The Georgia conviction was then passed along to North Carolina at the end of January and his license was suspended in February.

Less than one month later, he was pulled over in Cleveland County. Since the trooper confiscated Cawthorn’s driver’s license, the trooper instructed Cawthorn and his passenger to switch.

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The dash cam video shows an unidentified woman exit Cawthorn’s Toyota Tacoma. She puts on a pair of high heels and the trooper offers to help retrieve Cawthorn’s wheelchair from the bed of the truck.

Cawthorn then shakes the officer’s hand and heads toward the passenger side of the vehicle.

“Alright trooper, you have a good night,” Cawthorn can be heard saying.


The trooper responded, “Yes, sir. Y’all too.”

According to Chris Cooper, political science and public affairs professor at Western Carolina University, video of the traffic stop is disappointing.

“It’s not a good look,” Dr. Cooper said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat, a Republican, an unaffiliated, an Independent, a Libertarian this is not what we want to see out of our politicians.”

Cooper responded to our question of whether this traffic stop video could have negative implications on Cawthorn’s campaign:

“It’s going to continue to just be one more piece of evidence that some folks will use to criticize him as being somewhat reckless,” Cooper said.

Rep. Cawthorn is scheduled to appear in court on May 6. This is the third traffic citation he has received within the last six months. He and spokesperson, Luke Ball, declined to comment on the incident.

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