Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- State Representative Ted Vick of Chesterfield County has been arrestedafter a traffic stop in Columbia.
Around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, Columbia Police stopped the Democratic candidate for U.S. House District 7for speeding, resulting in an arrest for D.U.I. and possession of a firearm with an expired permit.
CPD Spokesperson Jennifer Timmons tells News 19 that anofficer pulledVick overfor speeding in the 2500 block of Devine Street. The report states the officer reportedVick was traveling at 42 miles an hour in a 30 mile an hour zone.
Upon approaching the vehicle and speaking with Vick, the officer reported smellingalcohol. The report states there was a 21-year-old passenger in the vehicle who told officers she had several drinks with Vick at two different bars in Columbia's Five Points, and thatVick was taking her home. The report listed her as a student at USC.
The report goes on to say the officer askedVick to take a sobriety test, but he refused.The original officer, upon discovering Vick's political status, then called for his supervisor, CPD Captain Sharp and CPD Duty Officer Holbrook to attend the scene.
On police camera the officers again requested that Vicktake a breathalyzer test, but he refused a second time, according to police. Vick was taken to the "breathalyzer room" at Columbia Police Headquarters, where he again refused to submit to a test.
Officers then transported him to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, and upon arrival at the jail, police say officers then found the gun in Vick's right front pants pocket.
In Vick's wallet, CPD officers say theyfound a concealed weapons permit that had expired in 2007.
Vick was given a personal recognizance bond on the DUI and speeding charges. No bond has been set on the weapons charge.
"It's a mess,"Vick's lawyer,Pete Strom, told News19. "He made a very poor decision, being out that late first of all and driving."
Strom says he does not know how much Vick had to drink. He says the woman Vick was with was a friend of a friend. After the friend left the bar, Strom says Vick decided to take the woman home.
Strom says his office will go about the discovery process and will review any video of the arrest and interview witnesses, including the young woman.
News19 also reached out to Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott about why the officer at the scenedidn't find the weapon during the initial pat down of Vick.
"Officer safety is always first and unfortunately, we did not locate the firearm on the initial search and obviously that's an officer safety issue." Scottsaid. "So the department immediately looked into that fact and the officer's already been counseled about the importance of the pat down and officer safety."
Vick is seeking a fifth term to his Chesterfield County South Carolina House seat.He's alsoone of five Democrats seeking the nomination in the new 7th Congressional District, which runs through the Pee Dee and along the Grand Strand.