S.C. Rep. Ted Vick (D-Chesterfield) – a leading Democratic candidate for the newly drawn seventh congressional district – was arrested in downtown Columbia, S.C. Wednesday evening and charged with driving under the influence, speeding and unlawful possession of a firearm.

As of Thursday afternoon, Vick remained incarcerated on the weapons’ charge.

(Updated – Vick has since been released).

News of Vick’s arrest – which comes days after his Congressional campaign launched its first television ad – was first reported by WIS TV 10 (NBC – Columbia, S.C.).

According to the station, police officials say that Vick was “stopped on Devine Street and refused a breathalyzer test.” They say he had been hanging out at Delaney’s Pub – a popular hangout in the Five Points area of downtown Columbia, S.C. – just prior to his arrest.

Courtesy of the Alvin Glenn Detention Center, here’s Vick’s mug shot …

In typical South Carolina fashion, Vick isn’t the first candidate for the seventh district seat to be arrested.

Former S.C. Rep. Thad Viers – one of the leading Republican candidates for this seat – was arrested in January and charged with harassing his ex-girlfriend. Viers later withdrew from the race and resigned his seat in the S.C. House.

Developing …

UPDATE: Sources tell FITS that Vick – who is married – was not alone at the time of his arrest. Apparently a young woman was traveling with him when he was pulled over by Columbia police. Who was the woman who was traveling with Vick? According to WIS TV reporter Jack Kuenzie’s Twitter feed, she’s a “21-year-old female (University of South Carolina) student.”

UPDATE II: Here’s a follow-up post on the Vick drama.

UPDATE III: Here’s a picture of Sunny Sain, the girl who was allegedly in the car with Vick at the time of his arrest. She’s actually not a student, but a recent USC graduate.