S.C. Rep. Ted Vick resisted police officers after they noticed him staggering about the S.C. State House late Tuesday evening, according to the incident report related to his arrest on drunk driving charges.
After stopping Vick in the State House parking garage for “having trouble driving in a straight line” and running over a “cone with the front of his vehicle,” officers noticed a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from (Vick’s) breath,” according to the report.
At that point, an officer with the S.C. Bureau of Protective Services (SCBPS) attempted to determine if Vick was indeed driving under the influence of alcohol. Within moments of encountering the inebriated (and apparently belligerent) lawmaker, the officer called for backup prior to attempting to administer a field sobriety test.
“I asked Mr. Vick to walk in front of the patrol car to do a series of test(s),” the report notes. “Mr. Vick refused to comply with my request. I attempted to escort Mr. Vick to the front of the patrol car. Mr. Vick failed to comply with my request and started to resist by pulling away from me. (Lance Corporal) Hoffman and I were able to gain control of Mr. Vick and took him to the back of the vehicle to place handcuffs on him.”
Vick wasn’t done resisting, though.
“Mr. Vick at this point tightened up his arms and pulled them tightly to the lower part of his back making it hard for me to place handcuffs on him,” the report adds, noting that the officers were eventually able to “pull his arm away from his body and get the handcuffs on.”
Once handcuffed and transported to a Richland County, S.C. detention center, Vick continued to be difficult as lawmakers went through the process of booking him and giving him an option to take a breathalyzer exam.
“I noticed Mr. Vick to be staring at me in an unusual manner for an abnormal period of time,” the arresting officer states. “Mr. Vick at one point crosses his arms and continues with the stares and (Corporal) Elliott had to ask him multiple times to sit down in the chair.”
Vick eventually refused the breathalyzer.
Vick’s attorney, S.C. Rep. Todd Rutherford, has stated that officers misinterpreted Vick’s staggering. According to Rutherford, Vick wasn’t drunk he … wait for it .. had “a pebble in his shoe.”
This is Vick’s second arrest for driving under the influence in less than a year. His first arrest – which also involved speeding, an unregistered firearm and a college coed – forced him to abandon his bid for the U.S. Congress.