A prominent up-and-coming state legislator has admitted he is facing DUI charges.
State Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Denmark) said Wednesday that he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence back in October 2012. The arrest was first revealed in a WIS-TV promo, but the station did not plan to feature the story until Thursday. Sellers, a 28-year-old attorney, has served in the House since 2006.
Sellers is considered to be a rising star in the state Democratic Party and frequently represents the party on a statewide basis. He gave the Democratic response to Gov. Nikki Haley’s 2012 State of the State address.
According to Chester County court records, Sellers was charged with DUI First Offense early in the morning on October 7. Sellers has told several reporters that he was pulled over by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office while driving up to visit family after the University of South Carolina-Georgia football game that night. He said he refused a breathalyzer test and his license was automatically suspended, as a result. Court records show Sellers was released after he paid a $997 bond the next day. He has requested a jury trial.
Sellers said his suspension was lifted last month. He had been granted a provisional license that allowed him to drive to work before that.