State Rep. Vick's DUI case delayed

(Source: Department of Public Safety)
(Source: Department of Public Safety)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/AP) - State Rep. Ted Vick's trial on a charge of driving under the influence has been delayed.

A judge ruled Wednesday that attorneys from the state Department of Public Safety had no authority to prosecute the case. The judge said DPS must receive permission from the solicitor's office for its attorneys to work on the case.

"SCDPS will be filing an appeal with the circuit court on the judge's ruling as to who has the authority to prosecute the case," said DPS Communications Director Sherri Iacobelli. "The contents of that appeal filed with the court will constitute the department's legal position on the matter.

The Chesterfield Democrat was arrested in May after a Bureau of Protective Services officer saw him stumbling as he walked into a State House parking garage. Vick got into his car and hit a cone before the officer could ask him to stop.

Authorities say Vick smelled like alcohol and refused field sobriety tests. But Vick's lawyer said he wasn't impaired and had a rock in his shoe.

Vick was arrested in May 2012 for DUI. That case is still pending.

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