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Fearing lack of impartiality, judge dismisses all jurors in Ted Vick DUI case

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Dashcam still photo of State Rep. Ted Vick arrest (Source: CPD) Dashcam still photo of State Rep. Ted Vick arrest (Source: CPD)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The judge presiding over the DUI case against state Rep. Ted Vick has dismissed the jury pool assigned to the case, saying she cannot feel comfortable that the jurors will be impartial.

The move came after the judge discovered at least two of the jurors in the pool had a personal connection to the embattled lawmaker.

Vick's attorney, fellow state lawmaker Todd Rutherford, said a much larger jury pool is necessary due to all the media attention the case has gotten.

Vick himself was not present in court.

"We were, as you saw, ready to try the case, ready to go forward. Not even with Mr. Vick being on military duty and coming forward, he wasn't going to use anything to get in his way," said Rutherford. "He's ready for his day in court."

The judge received military orders that Vick needed to be in training for a few days. His attorney didn't know much about it, but said it wasn't an issue.

The Chesterfield County lawmaker was charged with DUI, speeding and unlawful carrying of a gun in June 2012. Vick was pulled over on Devine Street and refused a breathalyzer test.

A report by the Columbia Police Department says Vick was going 44 mph in a 30 mph zone. At the time of the arrest, police say Vick had a female USC student in the truck with him.

Police said Vick had a female University of South Carolina student in his car at the time of the arrest. The report indicates Vick and the 21-year-old met at Delaney's Pub and then had drinks at Jake's Bar before he offered to give her a ride to her home on Bluff Road.

Vick was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center where officers found a handgun in his pocket, according to the report. Officers said Vick had failed to tell them about the gun. Vick's concealed weapons permit expired in 2007.

In May, he was charged again after an officer with the Bureau of Protective Services saw him stumbling as he walked into a State House parking garage.

Vick's trial is likely to be taken up again sometime in January.

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