S.C. politics: DUI trial delayed for state representative

September 23, 2013 

State representative’s DUI trial delayed

State Rep. Ted Vick’s jury trial for his second Columbia arrest on charges of driving under the influence was postponed Monday.

The Chesterfield Democrat’s jury trial was scheduled for Monday morning. But Vick’s lawyer, House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, had a conflicting engagement and asked for a continuance, Rutherford said. It is unclear when the trial will be rescheduled.

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

Vick was arrested last year for driving under the influence in the Five Points area. At the time, Vick was running for the new 7th District congressional seat. He withdrew from that race after his arrest. That case still is pending, and no hearings are scheduled, Rutherford said.

Jamie Self

Sanford spending time in coastal district

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is spending time this week in his coastal S.C. district.

On Monday, the Republican attended a meeting of the American Bus Association in downtown Charleston. On Tuesday, he is holding neighborhood office hours at the Dockside Room at Lake House in Bluffton. Sanford is going to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island on Wednesday in Charleston.

The Associated Press

Governor’s schedule, activities

Gov. Nikki Haley’s public schedule for this week, announced Monday by her office, is:

Thursday, 1 p.m. – Economic announcement and ribbon cutting at Dayton Rogers Manufacturing Co., Columbia

Thursday, 4 p.m. – Press conference on the Original Six Foundation’s statewide book drive and a book-sorting event, Christ Central Ministries, Columbia

Friday, 10:45 a.m. – Press conference with the S.C. Department of Social Services and Children’s Trust, State House

According to her office, Haley’s activities last week included:

6 each – Republican Governors Association events Monday and Tuesday in Charleston; also, meetings concerning state policy

2 each – Meetings or calls concerning an unidentified state agency or agencies; also, speeches, to the S.C. Captive Insurance Industry Association’s annual conference at Isle of Palms and the Bi-State Savannah River Caucus in Hartwell, Ga.

1 each – Meeting with a “fellow governor,” not identified on Haley’s schedule but reported to be Nathan Deal, R-Ga.; also, a “principal forum,” State House grounds; also, a media availability with Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx at the Port of Charleston concerning the importance of deepening Charleston harbor

Busiest days – Monday and Tuesday, with seven activities each

Slowest day – Thursday, with one activity

Of note – Haley’s schedule included no activities for Friday; also, she went to her state office only one day, Wednesday, according to her staff

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