At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown, a candidate for D.C. Council chairman, has four outstanding traffic tickets in Maryland that are at least 17 years old, according to state court records.
Records show that Brown ran afoul of traffic laws in his early 20s when he was cruising in and around Baltimore in an ’84 Volkswagen.
At one stop in October 1992, Brown was given tickets for speeding (50 mph in a 35 mph zone), not wearing a seat belt, and driving with an expired license. The original fines ranged from $25 to $40.
Brown pleaded guilty, but didn’t pay the fines, court records show.
And in March 1992, court records show Brown was given a ticket in Baltimore County for “fail[ing] to display [a] license on demand,” and was given a $20 fine.
Court records show Brown didn’t appear at a hearing to enter a plea and that ticket is still outstanding.
Said Brown’s campaign spokesman, James Jones: “Thank you very much for making us aware of that, we’ll take care of it.”
LL knows this is not the stuff of Watergate, but this little piece of bad news is probably not what Brown, who is running against former Ward 5 Councilmember Vincent Orange for the D.C. Council chairmanship, wants being made public.
Brown’s campaign took a hit last week after NBC4’s Tom Sherwood reported that Brown was being sued for more than $50,000 in credit card debt.