COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A state representative running for the new 7th Congressional District seat who was arrested Wednesday night in Columbia had a female USC student in his car and a .380 caliber gun in his pocket when he was taken into custody, according to a police report.
Police say, Rep. Ted Vick, 39, was charged with speeding, DUI and unlawful carrying of a gun early Wednesday morning after he was stopped on Devine St. and refused a breathalyzer test.
A CPD report states Vick was clocked at 44 mph in a 30 mph zone around 1:00 a.m. The reporting officer said the lawmaker's eyes were glazed over and he smelled of alcohol when he approached the car.
When asked if he'd been drinking, Vick told the officer that he "only had a few drinks," according to the report.
Officers placed Vick in handcuffs after he seemed to be "unsteady on his feet" while standing outside his car.
Police said Vick had a female USC student in his car at the time of the arrest. The report indicates Vick and the 21-year-old met at Delaney's Pub and then had drinks at Jake's Bar before he offered to give her a ride to her home on Bluff Rd.
Vick was arrested after refusing to take part in a field sobriety test or give officers a breath sample.
Vick was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center where officers found a Kel-Tec .380 semi-automatic pistol in his pocket, according to the report. Officers said Vick had failed to tell them about the gun. Vick's concealed weapons permit expired in 2007.
On Thursday, Vick bonded out of jail on a $5,000 PR bond.
He is currently seeking a fifth term in to his state House seat from Chesterfield County and running for the Democratic nomination for the newly-created Congressional seat.
According to his website, Vick is married to his high school sweetheart and has twin 8-year-old daughters.
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