NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --A former Democratic candidate for Robert Ford's vacant senate seat was arrested for driving under the influence Saturday morning, said officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said a deputy stopped Herbert S. Fielding, 60, of Charleston on Poston Road off of Sam Rittenburg Boulevard at about 3:40 a.m. Officials said Fielding was driving under the speed limit and had crossed over a lane of traffic.
The deputy told officials Fielding smelled like alcohol, had slurred speech and glassy eyes.
According to the police report, Fielding admitted to drinking one vodka drink but nothing more.After a series of field sobriety tasks, Fielding was charged with driving under the influence, officials said.
According to the police report, the deputy asked Fielding if he thought he should be driving a vehicle and he replied, "I could have made it home."He is currently being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center where deputies said he refused to take a Breathalyzer test.
Fielding was a candidate in the Democratic primary for the District 42 senate seat that Ford resigned from in May during an ethics investigation.
Attorney Marlon Kimpson won the Democratic nomination for the seat in August.