SC Rep. Ted Vick arrested for second DUI
Wed, 15 May 2013 15:50:20 GMT —
A South Carolina state representative is facing his second driving under the influence charge in less than a year.
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sherri lacobelli says Chesterfield Democrat Ted Vick was arrested at around 11 p.m. Tuesday by the Bureau of Protective Services.
Iacobelli says an officer saw Vick stumbling as he walked into a parking garage on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. Vick got into his car and hit a cone before the officer could catch up and ask him to stop.
Iacobelli says Vick smelled like alcohol and refused field sobriety tests.
Vick was jailed Wednesday. Records listed no attorney, and it wasn't known when he'd appear in court.
Vick was charged with DUI and weapons charges in May 2012.
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. May 23, 2012.
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.