State Rep. Ted Vick (D-Chesterfield) was arrested late Tuesday night on suspicion of DUI.
A Bureau of Protective Services officer said he spotted Vick stumbling across the Statehouse grounds around 11 p.m. Tuesday. The officer followed the legislator to his car in the capitol’s underground parking garage. According to a spokesperson, the BPS officer saw Vick strike a cone in the garage with his vehicle.
After stopping Vick, the officer said he smelled alcohol on the legislator’s breath. Vick told the officer he had come from a nearby restaurant. He refused a field sobriety test and was arrested. As of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, he was still in the Richland County Detention Center.
Vick was also arrested in May 2012, when a Columbia police officer pulled him over for speeding. The officer in that case also arrested the legislator for refusing a breathalyzer test. A 21-year-old college student was in the car with Vick at the time (he says he was giving her a ride home). Officers later found a pistol in Vick’s possession, even though his Concealed Weapons Permit had expired.