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Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff Charged With DUI

The freshman Republican councilman was arrested early Saturday in Towson.

UPDATED (4:44 p.m.)—Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff was charged early Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Huff, a freshman Republican who represents the 3rd Council District, was arrested around 3 a.m. in Towson, according to police spokesman Shawn Vinson.

Huff was stopped by police after his silver Jeep Grand Cherokee was spotted traveling northbound on York Road near Washington Avenue. The vehicle's headlights were off.

According to a statement of charges, Huff ran a red light at the intersection of York and Bosley. When the light turned green, the police officer turned on his emergency lights to signal Huff to pull over.

Huff pulled his county-owned vehicle into the Brooks Huff Tire Center, which is owned by his family, police said.

"Don't you know who I am?" Huff asked the officer, according to a statement of charges released to Patch. "You stopped me on my own property." [The statement of charges is attached to this story.]

The officer noted in the statement of charges that Huff smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred and his eyes had a glassy appearance.

Huff failed three field sobriety tests, according to the statement.

At several points he asked officers if they "really need to be doing this."

"You need to take me home and be done with this," police quote Huff in the charging documents. "You can just drive me home I will leave the car parked here."

Police also reported observing Huff using his car to steady himself and that he stumbled several times when asked to complete a walking test.

Huff then said he was going to call Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson, according to the police statement. The statement goes on to say that the call was not answered but Huff left a voicemail message saying he had been pulled over for driving without his headlights on and "had had a couple of drinks." 

The councilman then asked several officers if he should take the breath test, according to police. The officers advised him that he could speak to an attorney if he wished. Huff declined, saying he didn't like attorneys, according to the report.

Vinson said Huff was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and an intoximeter test was performed to measure his alcohol level.

According to a statement of charges, Huff's test showed .20 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath or the equivalent of a .20 blood alcohol level, according to police sources.

That level would be in excess of twice the legal blood alcohol limit in Maryland.

Huff, who represents Timonium and northern Baltimore County, was later released after being issued citations, Vinson said.

Huff did not answer his phone when called by a reporter for comment Saturday morning.

John Fiastro, chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee, said the party "does not condone such behavior regardless of party affiliation."

"I have reached out to the councilman, but have not talked with him yet," Fiastro said in a text message statement sent to Patch. "The committee will have questions and the councilman should be prepared with answers."

County Council Chairman Tom Quirk Saturday declined to comment on the arrest and called it "a personal matter."

He declined to comment on whether Huff would be asked to give up his county vehicle.

Court records and documents of expunged court cases show that Huff, 44, had three cases against him, including one for leaving the scene of an accident in Anne Arundel County, one for having a gun in his car and a third for passing a $500 bad check, according to a story reported in October 2010 when Huff was seeking office.

He was sentenced to one year in jail in 1995 for leaving the scene of an accident—a misdemeanor—with all but four days suspended. It is unclear how much time Huff actually served in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

Also in 1995, Huff received probation before judgment after he was pulled over for speeding. Huff said he told the traffic officer "out of courtesy" that he had a loaded Sig Sauer .380 caliber handgun in his glove box.

In a 2010 interview, Huff said those charges were in the past and were not relevant to his campaign.

"These were 15 years ago and a lot of things have changed," Huff said. "I've grown from my past. I'd like to be judged for what I am now and what I've accomplished."

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Scott in Towson February 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Republicans are shamefully embarrassing hypocrites for calling for GOP Councilman Todd Huff to stay in office when he ought to be tried, convicted and put in prison. IS THREE TIMES FOR DUI NOT ENOUGH FOR A COUNCILMAN, MUCH LESS ANYONE TO BE FREE TO DRIVE OUR ROADS DRUNK SO AS TO INJURE OR KILL OTHER DRIVERS????? How sick! How sad! No wonder the GOP isn't a real political party in Maryland or Baltimore County. Had this been a Democrat, the right-wing tea partiers would be calling for him to resign immediately and then: 'off with his head." Mere hypocrites from the SO-CALLED "FAMILY VALUES" PARTY! Live up to this one, GOP!
jack friese February 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM
I wonder who else except perhaps Steve Whalen is going to contribute to this shake down? google Kevin Kamenetz and this pops us. Wow! Join Us Thursday, April 4, 2013 Valley Mansion: 594 Cranbrook Road Hunt Valley, MD 21030 VIP Reception: 5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m., $4000 per ticket Host Reception: 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., $1000 per ticket Guest Reception: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., $150 per ticket Official Baltimore County Executive Website » Official Website of The Baltimore County Executive Office » Official Baltimore County Website » Subscribe to the County Connection E-Newsletter » This official Baltimore County e-newsletter is designed to keep you informed about what is happening around our county with updates sent twice per month. Official Baltimore County Executive Facebook Page » I want to thank all of the people who support me on our campaign's Facebook page, and I'd like to invite you to join us by Liking the official County Executive Facebook page
Tom Henry February 25, 2013 at 01:20 PM
As soon as you Dems live up to getting rid of Ken Oliver, a CONVICTED criminal.
Buck Harmon February 25, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Think of it in terms of a screw...all depends on which end of the screw you reside... The pointy tip with the finest or smallest threads always gets buried the deepest.. While the fat threads with more pull are at the top of the shank...still screwed, but just under the head....question is , do you prefer a straight slot screw or the double cross phillip head screwing...?
Buck Harmon February 25, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Oh...and is booze served at the reception too..?
Brad February 25, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Buzz: you would know this, how many supervisors in the police dept have take home cars? How many of these supervisors live out of Baltimore County, such as Carroll County, Westminister, Harford County, Anne Arundel County and in Pennsylvania? Sergeants & Lieutenants in specialize units and Captains, Majors have take home cars. These supervisors have access to these take home vehicles and drive these vehicles to and from work. Some are seen at Raven games, and Orioles games. With gas prices this high, why should the Baltimore County tax payers be paying for a free ride & insurance for these supervisors? Why can't they drive their personal vehicle to their place of employment, and then drive their duty vehicle from their duty assignment? Other people are taking the bus, or driving their own cars to their place of employment. It would be a good idea to have a public list, listing all the people who have take home cars including Baltimore County Council, we should know what type of mileage is being put on these vehicles, and what it is costing the Baltimore Tax payers.
jack friese February 25, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I just got off the phone with Julie, from the Baltimore County Department of Human Resources (410 887 3135). She was very polite. When I told her I wanted to file a freedom of information request, she asked for the subject. When I told her I wanted to find out how much these county vehicles, computers, cell phone and wi fi devices for the seven council representatives are costing Maryland taxpayers, she politely said, "I will have to transfer you to the law department". I asked her if the law department had an email address, she said, "I have to transfer you to the law department, at which time I said, "thanks I'll send an email to Kamenetz", and I will sometime today. If anyone is interested in contacting Kamenetz, his email address is: Kevin@baltimorecountymd.gov. Someone in the County Government must be held accountable for this debacle and outrageous expense that taxpayers are picking up on this boondoggle. Mr. Kamenetz please tell me to whom I should send this freedom of information request. My email address is dumbcastle1@gmail.com. I'll be looking forward to hearing from your law department or you Mr. Kamenetz! thank you! How many citizens knew that council members are provided a County Car, gas etc? I'll bet very few.
Edward Kimmel February 25, 2013 at 02:37 PM
The line that took me back to my days as a municipal prosecutor (in Oklahoma) was where he informed the officer that "You stopped me on my own property." Most of the people who contested traffic stops were either innocent or had some folksy / urban legend of a defense, like "if I make it to my own driveway before the police can arrest me, I'm innocent." I had one guy lead them on a high speed chase that ended with him jumping the curb into his front yard in order to make that defense. (It didn't work then, either.)
ED February 25, 2013 at 02:37 PM
In 2012, Councilman Huff supported County Council Resolution 39-12, a move that helped put North Point Government Center Park up for sale in January. Dundalk will not have enough open public land if this property is sold for private redevelopment. http://www.facebook.com/SaveTheNorthPointGovernmentCenter
Buck Harmon February 25, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Jack, In Baltimore County you should file a PIA request ..that's the MD specific statute that functions the same as the Freedom of Information Act request. I called the County Attorney, Mike Field, and while he was there he was not available to speak to me. I did however speak to a very nice attorney that works for him, Ashley Hoffmeister..A letter or Email to the Budget office and the Executive office would probably be the quickest way to obtain the information. The must respond with an answer to your request and I'm told that,that answer usually includes the info being sought. Kamenetz office email would most likely stall or actually slow the process a bit...for some reason. law office # 410-887-4420
Buzz Beeler February 25, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Jack, I'll get back to you on those issues. Use my e-mail, buzz@buzzbeeler.com
Jim Arrington February 25, 2013 at 04:40 PM
We know who you are Dave lawyer boy.
Jim Arrington February 25, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Buzz I sure do, him being the deputy Chief and drinking his usual liquid lunch he crashed the cop car into the rear of another at York and Ridgely lolllllllllllll another jerk
DaughterOfAKing February 25, 2013 at 05:38 PM
@Ed What does it matter if someone is once, twice, or even three times over the legal limit. The fact is that they are over. An accident can happen to anyone who drinks 1 shot, 1/2 a glass of wine, or even 10 beers. Everyone has a different tolerance level. Being buzzed is still being drunk.
james smith February 25, 2013 at 06:10 PM
You put all Republicans into your cute little catagory so you can persecute them and yell about how wonderful Democrats are. Get a life!! I am a conservative Republican. I don't think there are any Republican politicians in the state of Maryland, only Democrats with the letter "R" after their last name. Mr. Huff needs to be punished. He should have had his driver's license taken away from him long ago. Having been almost hit by a drunk driver three times in my short life, I feel very strongly about this. I don't know what is wrong with the officials in this state because I have seen many people with traffic violations have their license taken away, yet many people with DUIs or DWIs never have their license taken away. What his punishments should be besides revocation of his license I cannot say. I question whether taxpayers should pay to keep him in prison. If he is smart enough to be on the county council, maybe he could do a couple thousand hours of community service for us. Community service such as tutoring and mentoring, not cleaning floors. And NO ONE who works for Baltimore Country needs cars supplied by the taxpayers, certainly not Jeep Grand Cherokees!! Baltimore County, or any other local government, should not be giving any employees cars to take home!! Remember folks, all of this crap is paid for by our property taxes, which are already outrageously high!!
FIFA February 25, 2013 at 06:28 PM
@PHP - what you are missing is the following. What if that $4,000 is viewed as an investment? Will it give me a chance to earn many times that by paying and going on many more than just one vacation? @Buck - it better be just like at all of the other fundraisers.
Bill Fliegel February 25, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Mr Huff ,while acting as an elected representative of the residents of his district ,abused a County resource for unlawful purposes and, as such, a resignation is expected.
Steve February 25, 2013 at 06:44 PM
In retrospect, stopping off at Souris Saloon for last call wasn't such a bright idea.
Duane G. Davis February 25, 2013 at 07:32 PM
He gonna walk away Just like Carl Snowden did wanna bet? Still on the Job an d collecting a county Check..He might be driving a county car as we post.
Tom Sharp February 25, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Ed, have you ever seen how little it takes to be over the top for a .08? This standard, even if you can completely pass a field sobriety test, would make you in violation of the DUI law. Hence, laws have been so distorted over the years because every time some new, "cure-all" solution and punishment is brought to the General Assembly, they Assemblymen are too weak kneed to say that what we have is enough. As noted and ignored to go off on a tangent about grandmas, you can get an expungement as a drug dealer, but not for a DUI even if you have never committed another crime before or twenty years later. And, before someone jumps on this in another attempt to pick a fight, attempt to make themselves sound clever and/or holier-than-thou, yes, I am fully aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, but our laws should create rational punishments relative to the crime. Heck, someone convicted of attempted murder can get that expunged. And, I focus on the expungement law because the original post was regarding a Drunk Driver Registry, since I like to actually stick to the topic.
moe green February 25, 2013 at 08:50 PM
does corporal al friedman still take the marked suburban home to carroll county? is he still on the job?
Buzz Beeler February 25, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Brad, I could be wrong but I think the take home cars go to captains and above and some Lt.'s like homicide and tact. Tact officers also have vehicles. The list may include the PIO (Public Information Officer), burglary detectives and homicide detectives. In order to be exact I would need to file a PIA as many times even though it's public information they will ignore you. You can't ignore a PIA.
moe green February 25, 2013 at 09:50 PM
How about we strip huff of his citizenship, excommunicate him and throw him into loch raven naked. Will that satisfy everyone before his trial? What he did was stupid and irresponsible for anyone. But he deserves a trial and is presumed innocent. It is up to the voters in his district to decide if they want him to represent him on the council
Buzz Beeler February 25, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Moe, Al was reassigned to the Truck Squad. He as a corporal was in charge of Traffic Management when I was there. He was replaced by a sergeant who now takes home the SUV. The supervisor of TM is involved in any major highway event in the county. This could be anything from road closures due to crashes or parades and funerals. So instead of a corporal running the show, it's now a sergeant who answers to the captain. Support Operations consist of Traffic Management, K-9, the truck safety unit and TACT along with the school guards and abandoned auto unit to the best of my memory.
honey February 26, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Why in the world do the taxpayers of Baltimore County have to provide a vehicle for any councilman? How many other counties are using taxpayer funds so the councilman can drive around in a shiney new car? This is totaly a misuse of funds. .........and should stop immediately
Ed February 26, 2013 at 08:27 PM
honey, I suspect most counties give their councils access to cars for county business; not sure if any others give them cars to use full time. Also, from this article, there is no way to know if it's "shiney new".
bob sagget March 01, 2013 at 08:13 AM
That "Luxury" Jeep you all are so concerned about is a hand-me-down.. A former unmarked police vehicle, with a LOT of police miles on it (those are worse than teenager miles).
Buzz Beeler March 01, 2013 at 01:45 PM
bob, what difference does that make? It is still dangerous and we paid for it and it shows - once again - poor leadership skills in his decision making process.
Buck Harmon March 01, 2013 at 01:49 PM
The perks seem to violate the spirit of public service at this level...very odd indeed.
johnhouser38 April 11, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Certainly, it's a tough to deal with DUI or DWI legal cases. It might lead you to many adverse outcomes and it should not be considered casually. Implications of DWI and DUI legal cases might involve settlement of massive fees, mandatory use of ignition interlock gadget, cancellation of license, incarceration and community service. <a href="http://newyorkcityduilawyer.us.com/">new york city dwi lawyer</a>

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