Updated Feb 24, 2023 - News

Driver who "rammed" NC House Speaker's car charged with DWI

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore in a blue suit with a blue and white tie, walking with two people.

Tim Moore, the Republican speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, in a December 2022 photo. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said he does not believe he was targeted when on Thursday night a driver "rammed" into a car carrying himself and Rep. David Willis.

  • "No one was hurt," a spokesperson for the speaker told Axios late Thursday.
  • "I doubt he knew who we were," Moore said in a press conference Friday morning.

The latest: Moore detailed what happened, saying that he, Willis and a staffer were traveling an unmarked vehicle driven by a general assembly police officer, on their way back to Wake County from Wilson.

  • They were driving on I-87 near mile marker 13 in Wake County, according to the State Highway Patrol.
  • The driver of a Chevy pickup "came up behind us at a high rate of speed and rammed into the back of us" at least three times, jolting the vehicle, Moore said.
  • They followed the driver and called the incident in, Moore said.

Details: Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman and highway patrol told Axios that James Matthew Brogden of Goldsboro was arrested and charged with misdemeanors for the following: driving while impaired, resisting a public officer, injury to personal property, speeding to elude arrest, failure to heed blue lights and siren, hit and run, failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and damage to property.

  • Brogden posted a $500 bond Friday morning.

What they're saying: "They are still investigating the motive, but at this time there is no reason to believe that Chairman Willis or Speaker Moore were personally targeted by the driver who hit the vehicle," Moore spokesperson Demi Dowdy said in a text message.

  • State Highway Patrol and the General Assembly Police responded to the incident, Dowdy said.

Editor's note: This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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