CURRITUCK, N.C. - Vice President Al Gore's son has a court date in North Carolina to face charges of speeding and reckless driving.
Albert Gore III, 17, was arrested and charged Aug. 12 with driving 97 mph in a 55 mph zone and reckless driving, said 1st Sgt. A.C. Joyner of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
He was driving on a state highway in a rural, sparsely populated area along the Outer Banks just south of Norfolk, Va., authorities said.
Camille Johnston, a spokeswoman for Tipper Gore, said Saturday that the teen-ager was alone at the time and was heading home to Washington after a family vacation.
The Gore family vacationed on Figure Eight Island farther south along the North Carolina coast near Wilmington in early August.
''The Gores are dealing with this as a family matter,'' Johnston said.
A court hearing was for scheduled Sept. 13. Possible punishment for the charges would be a fine and loss of driving privileges in North Carolina as determined by the judge.
Joyner said Gore was cooperative during the arrest.