A Ramsey County court has asked the state of Minnesota to suspend Rep. John Thompson's driver's license for failing to pay a fine associated with his July 4 traffic citation.
Thompson, a St. Paul Democrat, sparked a summer of controversies when he accused a police sergeant of racially profiling him in an early morning traffic stop in St. Paul. Thompson reportedly was pulled over because he did not have a front license plate and cited for driving under suspension. Although the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) said the lawmaker was issued a Minnesota driver's license this month, Thompson presented a Wisconsin license at the time of the stop.
Thompson received a late payment advisory in August after he failed to pay a $286 fine for the citation and has since added $30 in late fees as of Monday.
Also Monday, public court records for Thompson's traffic case listed a license suspension request sent by the court to the DPS.
Thompson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
He was also convicted that month of misdemeanor charges for obstruction of justice in connection to a 2019 disturbance at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale and agreed to apologize on the House floor for calling another lawmaker a racist during a debate last session.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell and Thompson have disputed the circumstances around a conversation between Thompson and the sergeant he accused of racially profiling him during the traffic stop.
Axtell said Thompson apologized to the sergeant during a visit to the western district offices in July, but Thompson has insisted he did not apologize.
A police spokesman said the sergeant's body camera recorded Thompson's apology. Thompson has not authorized the department to release the footage, which is required under state law.