NC Lawmakers Vehicle Rammed Several Times
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R) and state Rep. David Willis (R-NC) were being transported on an interstate when their vehicle was hit several times from behind.
The lawmakers were being driven by security back to Raleigh, North Carolina, after a visit to the city of Wilson for a series of events.
“Security was driving the Speaker and Rep. Willis back to Raleigh after a visit to Wilson for a series of events today,” a spokesperson for Moore said in a statement. “On the drive back, the vehicle was rammed from behind several times.”
“General Assembly police and highway patrol responded and the circumstances are under investigation,” the statement continued. “Thankfully no one in the vehicle was hurt, including Rep. Willis and Speaker Moore.”
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said he was glad “no one was hurt” in the incident.
Furthermore, Moore said he didn’t believe he and Willis were targeted.
The incident took place on Interstate 87, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
The driver, James Matthew Brogden, 38, of Goldsboro, was arrested and charged with misdemeanors for driving while impaired, resisting a public officer, and injury to personal property, according to Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman.
The state Department of Public Safety said Brodgen was inside a Chevy pickup truck. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance before going to jail.
General Assembly police officer Jason Perdue, who drove the lawmakers, turned on the vehicle’s emergency lights to signal Brodgen to pull over. However, Brodgen refused to stop and kept going.
“I doubt he knew who we were,” Moore said. “But when you’re moving at highway speeds you can imagine the kind of things going through your mind at that point.”
Moore said that Brogden allegedly struck their vehicle three times.
“Imagine this: We’re on Highway 64 coming in, at decent highway speeds, when a car — bam! — comes up behind us and hits us once,” Moore said. “I was like, ‘What the hell is that? Bam, hits us again, bam, hits us a third time.”
Moore is serving his 11th term in the House and his fifth term as speaker. Willis is currently serving his second term.