A 60-year-old West Ashley man who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the state Senate earlier this year was arrested today on a DUI charge, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
Herbert S. Fielding of Marble Arch Court is charged with driving under the influence, according to an incident report.
Shortly after 3:30 a.m. today, a deputy noticed a car driving about 10 miles under the speed limit and crossing in and out of travel lanes on the Northbridge and on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, according to a news release from sheriff’s Maj. James Brady.
The deputy pulled the car over and noticed an odor of alcohol coming from the driver, as well as slurred speech and glassy eyes, the release said. The driver failed several field sobriety tests and was taken to the county jail, where he refused to take a breath analysis test, according to an incident report.
Fielding was booked into the jail pending a bond hearing set for today.
Fielding recently ran an unsuccessful campaign for the state Senate District 42 seat formerly held by Robert Ford. He was one of six candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in an Aug. 13 primary race. Marlon Kimpson defeated Maurice Washington in an Aug. 27 runoff to claim the nomination.
Fielding has worked with the S.C. Commission for the Blind and the S.C. Employment Security Commission.
His family also runs a Charleston funeral home, Fielding Home for Funerals.
Fielding’s father, Herbert U.G. Fielding, was both a state House member and senator before he retired in 1992.