Ted Vick (Image: Richland County Detention Center)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - State Representative Ted Vick has issued a statement on his arrest after a traffic stop in Columbia.
"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," Vick said in a statement issued Thursday night.
Vick, 39, was arrested early Thursday morning on several charges, including DUI. The Chesterfield Democrat is running for the newly created Seventh Congressional District, a seat that represents part of the Pee Dee as well as Myrtle Beach.
Campaign ads for that race touted Vick's family values.
"Ted Vick was raised believing in service to others, commitment and family," said an ad.
"It's a mess, he made a very poor decision being out that late first of all and driving I had no idea how much he had to drink I know he did have something to drink last like and as I understand it there was a young woman in the car," said Pete Strom, Vick's attorney.
Strom believes the woman was a friend of a friend and Vick was giving her a ride home.
"His wife fully understands all of this and that is not an issue he has always been a very faithful guy and does not have a reputation for being a philanderer," said Strom.
Vick was charged with DUI, speeding, and illegally carrying a pistol.
"You get stopped at 1 a.m. and the blue lights are going on, I frankly think he forgot the gun was in his pocket because he certainly would have told them because he thought he possessed it legally, he thought he had a license to do it and I think it is one of those things that fell through the cracks," said Strom.
The gun wasn't found by the arresting officer until he was taken to jail, leading to even more questions.
"No the officer didn't say how he missed it, the fact was he did miss the weapon," said Chief Scott.
Chief Scott says the officer that missed the gun in the pat down was immediately counseled.
"Hopefully we won't see that again," said Scott.
In the meantime, Strom says the gun charge is a misdemeanor, so his client will not be suspended from his current seat in the State House. As for his congressional campaign? "That's something that he and his wife and the campaign folks will have to deal with I don't have any idea what he is going to do about that right now," said Strom.