Ted J. Fick was stopped about 8 p.m. Wednesday while driving home to Bellevue across the Highway 520 bridge, officials say.
Port of Seattle Chief Executive Ted J. Fick was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Wednesday, the Washington State Patrol and Fick’s attorney confirmed on Friday.
Fick was stopped about 8 p.m. while driving home to Bellevue across the Highway 520 bridge.
Trooper Chris Webb, spokesman for the State Patrol’s Bellevue office, said he couldn’t readily provide further details about Fick’s stop Friday because the arresting officer wasn’t on duty and the paperwork wasn’t available.
Fick issued a statement Friday through his attorney, acknowledging the arrest.
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The statement said Fick was cooperative and polite during the stop, adding he was alone, didn’t get in an accident and wasn’t cited for any other violations. Fick was released following processing, the statement says.
“I regret the embarrassment and inconvenience this has caused the Port and my family,” Fick’s statement said. “I do not condone impaired driving in any way, shape or form. I will work closely with the justice system to ensure a swift resolution to this matter.”
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.