Speaker Moore and Rep Willis in car accident, ‘rammed from behind several times’

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and Rep. David Willis, R-Union, were involved in a car accident late on Thursday where they were “rammed from behind several times,” according to Demi Dowdy, a spokesperson for Moore.

Moore and Willis were visiting Wilson, North Carolina, for a series of events and were being driven back to Raleigh by security. The driver’s motivations remain unclear.

“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,” according to Dowdy.

Moore also did not think he was specifically targeted.

The driver was arrested and charged with a DWI, per Axios Raleigh‘s Lucille Sherman.

The driver’s name is James Matthew Brogden, of Goldsboro. Brogden was arrested and charged with the following misdemeanors: driving while impaired, resisting a public officer, and injury to personal property, along with other charges, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told Sherman.

On Friday morning, Brogden was going through the booking process at Wake County Detention Center, Freeman said. Dowdy confirmed that nobody in the car was seriously injured. “The circumstances are under investigation,” Dowdy said.

Governor Roy Cooper tweeted Friday morning that he had talked with Moore.

This is a developing story.

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