In a textbook example of what slimy political representatives look like, South Carolina Democrat Ted Vick was arrested on Tuesday on the Statehouse grounds after an officer saw the representative, who smelled like alcohol, stumbling toward a parking garage.
The officer watched Vick enter his pick-up truck and attempt to drive out after hitting parking cones. When the officer pulled him over, Vick refused to submit to a breath test and was arrested on the spot.
During his hearing, Vick’s attorney Todd Rutherford attributed his stumbling to a pebble in his shoe.
“The way he walks does not dictate the way he drives.” Rutherford argued, “Ted was not intoxicated. He was not drunk. He was not impaired. I have never in all my years seen anybody stopped by an officer on foot in a parking garage.”
Vick was convicted of another DUI just last year.
In May 2012, an officer stopped Vick at 1 a.m. for speeding and reported to the court that the vehicle smelled like alcohol. A 21-year-old University of South Carolina student was accompanying him, and claimed he was giving her a ride home after they’d met at a bar. Vick also had a .380 pistol in his pocket and a concealed weapons permit that had expired in 2007.
Vick had been running for congressional office at the time, and withdrew after the incident. After his conviction, he managed to be re-elected for a fifth term in the Statehouse.