A blood-alcohol-content test about an hour after Ted J. Fick was pulled over on April 13 showed his level around .097, according to charging documents.
King County prosecutors have filed charges against Port of Seattle Chief Executive Ted J. Fick for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol last week.
He was traveling across the Highway 520 bridge on April 13 around 8:30 p.m. when an officer pulled him over on suspicion of speeding and then arrested him, according to charging documents. Fick told officers he was heading home to Bellevue from a retirement party at the Port of Seattle, the papers say.
Fick’s blood-alcohol-content level was around .097 about an hour later, according to the complaint, just over the legal limit of .08.
King County prosecutors filed charges on Monday. Fick’s arraignment is on May 2 in King County District Court, prosecutors said.
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During the traffic stop, officers reported Fick’s eyes were bloodshot, and he smelled of alcohol, the papers say. When asked if he had been drinking, Fick said he had a glass of wine, according to the complaint.
Officers said Fick refused to take a preliminary breath test and “performed poorly” on a voluntary field-sobriety test, the papers say.
He was initially pulled over after the officer recorded him driving 79 mph in a 50 mph zone, according to the complaint.
Fick issued a statement two days after his arrest through his attorney, saying he was cooperative and polite during the stop, didn’t get in an accident and wasn’t cited for any other violations.
The press statement, signed by attorney William Kirk, noted Fick’s comments were “neither an admission of guilt nor a claim of innocence,” adding the law office is still reviewing the matter.
Fick, 56, a business executive originally from Pierce County, was named the port’s CEO in 2014, replacing then-retiring executive Tay Yoshitani. At the time of his hiring, Fick was paid $350,000 per year.