Pee Dee state rep. running for Congress facing DUI, gun charges

A South Carolina state representative running for the state's newly created 7th Congressional District seat is charged with DUI and weapons charges.

According to a police report, Rep. Ted Vick, 39, was driving 44 mph in a 35 mph zone on Devine Street in Columbia around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

When a Columbia police officer pulled him over, the officer reported a strong smell of alcohol and said Vick's eyes were glazed over. The officer asked him if he'd been drinking, and according to the report, Vick said he "only had a few drinks."

Vick refused to take a field sobriety test. When he got out of the car, the officer "observed the suspect to be unsteady on his feet, swaying while he walked to the back of his vehicle and swaying while standing at the rear of the listed vehicle when speaking with the reporting officer."

Vick was handcuffed and put into the back of a patrol car and told he was going to be arrested for DUI.

According to the report, in Vick's car was a 21-year-old University of South Carolina student who said she'd met Vick at a bar in Five Points where they had a few drinks, then went to another bar where they continued drinking. Vick had then offered to give the student a ride home.

At the Columbia Police Department headquarters, Vick refused a breathalyzer. He was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County.

Once inside the jail, an officer found a Kel-Tec .380 semi-automatic pistol in Vick's front pocket. The report says Vick had not notified the arresting officer about the handgun, and the Concealed Weapon's Permit found in Vick's wallet had expired in 2007, making it illegal for him to be in possession of the firearm.

Vick is charged with speeding, DUI, and unlawful carry of a pistol. He

was released from jail on bond on Thursday.

Vick is seeking a fifth term to his Chesterfield County South Carolina House seat. He also is one of five Democrats seeking the nomination in the new 7th Congressional District, which runs through the Pee Dee and Grand Strand.

According to his website, he's a pastor, businessman, farmer, and Lieutenant Colonel in the SC Army National Guard. He's married with two young daughters.

Thursday evening, Vick issued the following statement. "I very much regret any embarrassment I've caused for my family, friends and supporters. My family comes first to me and I'm going to spend time with them and consult with my pastor. Politics will have to wait."