Former state Senate candidate charged with DUI

September 7, 2013 

Fielding

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A Charleston man who ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate this year has been charged with drunken driving.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says 60-year-old Herbert Fielding was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Saturday and charged with driving under the influence. Fielding failed several field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath analysis test. He was awaiting a bond hearing.

Fielding was among six Democrats running for the seat vacated by former Sen. Robert Ford, who resigned May 31 amid allegations of multiple ethics violations. Fielding lost in last month's primary contest.

He runs a Charleston funeral home.

In 1970, his father, World War II veteran Herbert Ulysses Fielding, became the first African-American elected to the state House since Reconstruction. He retired from the state Senate in 1992.

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