Jury dismissed in State representative's drunk driving hearing

Rep, Ted Vick (2012 mug shot)

COLUMBIA (WACH) - The trial on a charge of driving under the influence for State Representative Ted Vick has been delayed after a municipal judge dismissed the jury.

Vick's attorney, fellow State Rep. Todd Rutherford said today's hearing was postponed after Judge Dana Turner dismissed the jury after she heard there were comments made in the jury room that could have improperly affected the juror's opinions in the hearing. The Chesterfield Democrat was in court today to answer to charges that he had been driving under the influence in May 2012 by Columbia Police .

According to reports from Columbia Police, Vick, who was running for South Carolina's 7th district congressional seat, at the time was pulled over just outside of Five Points on Devine St. The arresting officer's report said when Vick approached him Vick smelled of alcohol.

A date for a new hearing is likely to be set for January.

Vick also faces a second DUI charge from an arrest earlier this year in the garage under the Statehouse.