A Charleston man who unsuccessfully ran for the South Carolina Senate was arrested on a DUI charge Saturday— less than a month after he lost in the Democratic Party primary.
60-year-old Herbert Fielding was charged with driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test and refusing a breathalyzer test early Saturday morning, according to a Charleston County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Sheriff’s deputies say Fielding was driving ten miles per hour below the 50 mph speed limit across the Cosgrove Bridge around 3:39 a.m. Saturday. An officer pulled Fielding over and said the former Senate candidate smelled of alcohol and had trouble answering questions. The officer asked Fielding how much he’d had to drink, but Fielding shook his head “no.”
Fielding, who is a retired jobs counselor, participated in a field sobriety test. But the incident report states the ex-candidate had to grab hold of his car for balance and was not able to do a walk and turn exercise. He refused a breathalyzer test, at which point he was arrested.
Fielding was charged with DUI first offense.
He was one of six Democratic candidates who ran for the Senate seat once held by longtime state Senator Robert Ford. Charleston attorney Marlon Kimpson won the party’s nomination and faces Republican Billy Shuman and Libertarian Alex Thornton in an October 1 special election.