- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - One of two drunken driving charges has been dropped against a South Carolina state representative.

Local media outlets report a DUI charge against state Rep. Ted Vick was dropped Wednesday.

The Chesterfield Democrat was charged with DUI last year after officers said he stumbled while walking to his car in the in the garage below the Statehouse and hit a traffic cone as he tried to leave. His attorney said Vick wasn’t drunk and stumbled because he had a rock in his shoe.

A judge dropped that charge because Vick wasn’t on video when an officer read him his rights.

Vick is not seeking re-election. He was pulled over while speeding in 2012 and charged with DUI after an officer noticed the car smelled of alcohol. That charge is pending.

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