State Representative Ted M. Vick, 39, of Chesterfield was arrested in the early hours of Thursday, May 24 in Columbia and charged with Speeding, Driving Under the Influence and Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol.
A Columbia Police Department report by Officer Matthew E. Godlewski said the officer saw Vick speeding on Devine Street and clocked him at 44 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone on his radar unit. Godlewski stopped Vick and reported he could smell a strong odor of alcohol in the car. While Vick searched for his driver’s license and vehicle documentation he told the officer he “had only a few drinks,” the report said.
Godlewski said Vick refused to undergo field sobriety tests and was placed in handcuffs and in the police car. The officer then spoke to Vick’s passenger, a 21-year-old female University of South Carolina student, who said she had met Vick at Delaney’s Pub in Five Points and the two had a few drinks. They then went to Jake’s Bar and had a few more drinks, the woman reportedly said. She said Vick had offered to give her a ride home.
Vick was taken to the Columbia Police Department where he repeatedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test. He was then taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center where a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol was found in his pants pocket. A Concealed Weapons permit was found in Vick’s wallet, but it had expired in 2007, the report said.
Vick issued a short statement late last Thursday.
“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,” he said.
Vick is a Democrat and represents District 53 in the South Carolina House since 2005. He is running to represent the newly-formed 7th Congressional District, which covers a large area in eastern South Carolina. He is one of five Democrats vying for the job against eight Republican hopefuls.
He has been married since 1995 and is the father of twin 8-year-old daughters.
Vick announced Friday, May 25 that he was withdrawing from the Congressional race.
“After spending time with my family, my pastor and my friends, I have decided to end my campaign for the United States Congress,” Vick said in the statement. “While I have full confidence that the legal system will clear much of this up, it will not change the fact that I made some serious mistakes that I alone am responsible for. I realize that I have caused pain to those who love and support me and it’s my responsibility to make this right. Now is the time to allow the legal system to work, time for me to concentrate on my family and time for me to focus on the needs of my State House constituents. I look forward to spending more time at home with my family and constituents. I will humbly seek re-election to the State House in November. If re-elected I will continue to work across party aisles to seek consensus and progress.”
Vick has said he is still seeking a fifth term in the SC House.