James Ian Tyson, 27, a Charlotte resident, was arrested Sunday morning for driving on a revoked license near a building used by protesters at the Democratic National Convention, the Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday.
Derek Fletcher, Tyson's lawyer, said at a hearing Monday police were eager to keep Tyson jailed through the convention, and the $10,000 cash bond for a traffic offense was excessive. A Charlotte-Mecklenberg police officer recommended Tyson not be freed on pre-trial release, a court document said.
"Known activist and protester who is currently on terrorist watch list. Request he be held due to DNC being a National Special Security Event," the police officer wrote in a statement to the court.
Chief District Judge Lisa Bell reduced the bond to $2,500. Tyson was released Monday evening, the newspaper said.