Anytime a lawmaker breaks the law, his or her mistakes are plastered across every media source available. But South Carolina Representative Ted Vick, of Chesterfield, has made the same headline two years in a row. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in downtown Columbia, Vick was arrested for driving under the influence, according to police.
This time Vick was arrested on Statehouse grounds by an officer of the Bureau of Protective Services, said Sherri Iacobelli of the Department of Public Safety. The incident occurred around 11 p.m.
The arresting officer said Vick was stumbling as he approached the Statehouse parking garage. According to the incident report, before the officer could catch up with him, Vick had gotten in his vehicle that was parked in the Statehouse Garage, drove only a short distance, and knocked over a cone before he was stopped.
In May of 2012, Vick was pulled over for speeding in downtown Columbia around 1 a.m., and subsequently charged with DUI after the officer said he smelled alcohol on Vick’s breath. Vick was also charged during this incident with the unlawful carrying of a weapon. His handgun was in his pocket at the time of arrest and the license to carry it had expired.
In both incidences Vick refused a field sobriety test and maintained his innocence.
Vick was running for two public offices at the time he was arrested last year. Shortly after his arrest last spring, Vick withdrew his campaign for the 7th Congressional Seat, now held by Sen. Tom Rice. However, Vick was re-elected to a fifth term in office last November.
Vick, a Democrat, currently serves Chesterfield County as South Carolina’s District 53 House Representative.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 834-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com