State Rep. Ted Vick Arrested for DUI at State House

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  • Ted Vick (Image: Richland County Detention Center)
  • Rep. Ted Vick speaks to reporters after leaving the Richland County jail on May 15, 2013.
    

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - State Representative Ted Vick has been arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

The Department of Public Safety says Vick was charged on the grounds of the South Carolina State House just before 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

Wednesday afternoon, he was released on a personal recognizance bond. Vick paused briefly to talk to reporters, who asked him about the incident.

"I regret this happened, obviously, but I remain innocent until proven guilty," Vick said.

He declined to comment  further on most other specifics of the incident, and indicated that his lawyer would make further statements. News19 has learned State Rep. Todd Rutherford is respresenting Vick.

An incident report states that around 10:30 p.m., a Bureau of Protective Services officer on patrol saw Vick staggering and struggling to maintain his balance at the capitol complex. At one point, the officer reported seeing the lawmaker brace himself to keep from falling on a wall next to the entrance of the State House garage.

After his release, Vick said that of that part of the report, "I don't believe that's accurate."

A few moments later, the officer heard a car start and saw a vehicle having trouble driving in a straight line out of the garage. The report says the officers called out for Vick to stop, and he complied at first; however, the officer says when Vick was asked to step out of the vehicle, he put it back into drive.

The report says after more requests, Vick parked the car.

Additional officers responded to the scene. According to the report, Vick refused to do a standard field sobriety test. Officers also say when they tried to escort him to the front of the patrol vehicle, he briefly resisted by pulling away. The report states Vick also tried to make it hard for them to handcuff him.

Once officers took him to the jail, they questioned him about what he was doing before the arrest. The report states Vick told officers he'd been at Cowboy Brazilian Stakehouse on Main Street in Columbia where he'd had two glasses of wine, then walked back to the State House garage.

The reports states he was asked if his body had a tolerance to two drinks that would allow him to drive, and he responded by saying he did. When officers asked him if he would normally drive in the state he was in, the report says Vick told them "no, I have drivers."

Officers say he refused the datamaster breath test at the jail as well.

Vick, a Democrat, represents the 53 District, which incorporates Chesterfield and Lancaster Counties.

This is his second known DUI arrest in the last year. Last May, Vick was booked after he was stopped near Columbia's Five Points.

Previous Coverage: Ted Vick Arrested Near Five Points

That case has not yet gone to court. At the time, Vick was a candidate for the newly created Seventh Congressional District. He later dropped out of the race.

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