DUI case against SC Rep. Ted Vick moving forward

ashain@thestate.comJuly 1, 2013 

A still image taken from SC Bureau of Protective Services dashcam video shows officers processing SC Rep. Ted Vick during a DUI arrest the night of May 14 in a State House parking garage.

SC DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

— A judge denied a motion to dismiss state Rep. Ted Vick’s latest driving under the influence arrest, state officials said.

Vick’s attorney, state Rep. Todd Rutherford, argued last week to drop the charge because police did not capture the reading of Miranda Rights on videotape as required by state law.

Marcus Gore, an attorney for the S.C. Department of Public Safety, said the reading was off-camera because Vick wrestled the arresting officer away from the police cruiser and out of view of the dash camera.

Richland County magistrate Mel Maurer ruled for the state, a Department of Public Safety spokeswoman said Monday. A court date has not been set.

Vick was arrested May 14 after a state Bureau of Protective Services officer saw him stumbling in the State House parking garage before he got into his truck and ran into a traffic cone.

The Chesterfield Democrat has pleaded not guilty, said Rutherford, a Democratic state representative from Richland County and the S.C. House minority leader.

Vick was arrested last year for driving under the influence in Five Points. At the time, Vick was considered the leading Democratic candidate for the new 7th District congressional seat, but he withdrew from that race after his arrest. That case still is pending, Rutherford said.

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