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Councilman Todd Huff's Voice Mail Audio: 'I Was Drinking'

Baltimore County police release voicemail Todd Huff left for county police Chief Jim Johnson on the night the councilman was arrested for drunken driving.

In the minutes after Baltimore County Council member Todd Huff was pulled over for driving without headlights, the first-term Republican apparently called Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson multiple times and said in one of the calls he had been drinking before operating his county-owned Jeep.

"Apparently I was pulled over, I didn't have my headlights on and yes, I was drinking," Huff said in the voice mail left on Johnson's county cell phone that lasted less than 30 seconds.

The call was released by the the Baltimore County Police Department under a Maryland Public Information Act request filed Monday by Patch.

Huff was pulled over shortly before 3 a.m. on Feb. 23 after a police officer spotted the councilman's silver Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling on York Road near Washington Avenue. The county-owned vehicle did not have its headlights on and police reported seeing the driver run a red light.

Huff made three calls to the police chief, whom he refers to as "Jim," in a 17-minute period after the traffic stop. He only left one voice mail—during the first call made at 3:08 a.m., according to records released by the police department.

During the traffic stop, Huff appears to make appeals to the police officers not to file charges.

"Don't you know who I am?" he asks the police officer who stopped him, according to charging documents. "You stopped me on my own property."

Huff had pulled into the parking lot of Brooks-Huff Tire & Auto Center, a business owned by his family.

The councilman also asks officers repeatedly if they need to give him a field sobriety tests.

"You need to take me home and be done with this," police quote Huff in the charging documents.

The Lutherville Republican who was elected in 2010 later tells police that he is going to call Johnson. After being booked and issued citations, Huff was released into the custody of his wife, who was in the car at the time of the arrest.

Elise Armacost, a police spokeswoman, said Johnson did not answer the calls that night but saw that they registered on his phone a few hours later. She said Johnson called Huff around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Huff did not answer the phone and he and Johnson have not been in communication since the incident, Armacost said.

The two have not communicated through text message or email, according to the county's response to the Public Information Act request filed by Patch.

The councilman received no special treatment, according to Armacost.

"He was treated with the same level of professionalism as anyone else stopped for this type of incident," Armacost said, adding that Johnson praised the officers for their handling of the traffic stop.

Huff made his first public appearance today at a County Council work session. He left immediately after the meeting and did not speak to the news media.

In a written statement Monday, the councilman acknowledged the incident.

"In the early hours of this past Saturday morning, I made a very poor decision," Huff said in the statement. "I am prepared to face the consequences of that decision, and I realize that I have caused my family and friends great pain. That is something I deeply regret.

"I also regret that I let down my colleagues and the citizens of the 3rd District, and I recognize that I will have to work hard to regain their trust as well. I will strive to do just that."

He added that he was voluntarily turning in his county-owned car.

CP February 27, 2013 at 04:29 PM
He lives in a split level home in Lutherville. And everyone knows who he is. They voted him in. get lost.
number9dream February 27, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Sorry hot-shot. Not buying it. Even if true, half his Lutherville "neighbors," and his voting bloc probably fit his very same mold: white, college, middle-aged, separated, kids, alcoholic, dismal. The remainder of Lutherville and greater Baltimore couldn't care less.
Kelly Blue February 27, 2013 at 04:52 PM
You posted these words- and what exactly were they supposed to mean? "It's " Clique Government"...not what you know but who you know..Baltimore County has a very long and very rich history of this type of perceived public servant,good ol boy networking...seems born and bred in them when you actually study BC history. Time for the mold to be broken...old school is not working anymore.."
Spence98 February 27, 2013 at 05:01 PM
The use of a county vehicle at 3 a.m.? Having a county vehicle is not a perk of the job, it is to be used for "official county business". He did not voluntarily give the vehicle up, county policy specifically states that driving the vehicle while under the influence is immediate forfeiture of the vehicle! If this is his third fourth or even fifth offense than jail time should be mandatory!. He has been given breaks before, let's see what the judge says now!
Buck Harmon February 27, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Who on earth are you Kelly Blue..? are you a fictitious being in hiding for some very odd reason..? which part of "the clique" are you having trouble accepting as truth here? Kelly Blue...who are you...( in a deep low tone)...
number9dream February 27, 2013 at 05:18 PM
What government isn't "clique" government (by the definitions I'm seeing)??? Please enlighten me! Help me understand!!! I SEEK KNOWLEDGE!!!
Bryan P. Sears February 27, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I meant Washington Avenue. My Apologies. It has been corrected. Thank you for catching it.
Steve February 27, 2013 at 05:26 PM
"We are dealing with a very sick person" Yes we are. What kind of person watches videos from Matdogger and Monica Williams? That's just gross, Pops.
number9dream February 27, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Matdogger? I'm afraid to google that one.
Donald Bollhorst February 27, 2013 at 05:29 PM
The Todd Huff story is now on WBAL radio talk show. They are saying "why are county councilmen given cars at all for this parttime job"? Balto. County should cut expenses. Too many perks involved with these jobs.
Kelly Blue February 27, 2013 at 05:30 PM
This is another post earlier, Buck show me the special treatment. Please I'm exhausted asking you for it. You imply there was special treatment, then where is it. "...Just listening to the casual sounding call that Huff made to Jim Johnson reveals some truth...you can live in denial or seek to protect bad behavior if you feel the need to, that's your business. I care more about the fact that we have this kind of mentality still involved in leadership rolls throughout the County...the good ol boy network if you will. When special treatment is handled properly the public rarely finds out about it...that's a problem that has real history ." Move on Buck, choose another topic you're off base and you know it. There is not one shred of evidence that points to any special treatment for Huff or Moxley.
number9dream February 27, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I can think of certain groups who receive too many perks for simply existing.
Spence98 February 27, 2013 at 05:45 PM
As stated by Huff in a previous article: "As a first step toward accepting the consequences of my behavior, I am voluntarily relinquishing my county vehicle. As I previously stated, this is not voluntarily, it is required by the County when such action occurs. He is trying to make himself feel good for giving up the vehicle! PUH- LEEZE! He deserves jail time!
CP February 27, 2013 at 05:57 PM
You're just miserable yourself. Sucks to be you.
Steve February 27, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Don't. You will poke your eyes out afterward.
Kelly Blue February 27, 2013 at 06:47 PM
How many people are given jail time for first offenses? I don't know the answer but doubt it's many if any. Then special treatment would be to do the opposite, treat him differently and give him jail time. Understand I'm not advocating for lenient sentences. In fact I think every DUI should carry a minimum jail sentence even it's for a weekend.But that's not the law and he shouldn't be treated differently because he's an elected official. He's a citizen like everyone else under the law. It doesn't state that, "you're an elected official and because of that we're going to throw the book at you". That's not equal treatment that everyone is entitled too. His other issue as everyone knows is 2 years from now when the voters in the third district decide whether they think he's represented them well. He's not the first. I haven't seen Don Dwyer resign his position and he's lucky he didn't kill a family.
Catons-villian February 27, 2013 at 07:14 PM
"He acted no different than anyone would in the same situation. I'm certain there was panic and he was using anything and everything he could think of to get out of the situation. That's not a "mentality" of corruption it's the mentality of those on a panic situation regardless of one's position in life. Let me repeat, show me the special treatment he recieved or Moxley received. If you can't I suggest you stop posting on this event or have it confirmed you're a fool." Hmmmm. From this article: "the first-term Republican apparently called Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson multiple times" and "Huff made three calls to the police chief, whom he refers to as "Jim," in a 17-minute period after the traffic stop." I thought perps were allowed ONE phone call, and that being from jail once they are booked? Nice that this guy is allowed to make multiple calls while LEO are running his tags, getting his record, writing up citations........
Victor Lustig February 27, 2013 at 07:29 PM
DUI's are overhyped events as they are occurring, you're drunk after all. Not surprised he went all Hollywood. Word of advice if it happens to you. Calm Down. It is not the end of the world. You are booked and released fairly routinely. Most LEOs find them a nuisance. And unless you have compounding factors like going airborn into a zoo and wiping out a pair of endangered koala bears, you'll probably get PBJ and fined and maybe some counseling.
Victor Lustig February 27, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Dwyer should find God/Allah/Yahweh/Buddha for the luck he had!
JPdude February 27, 2013 at 11:32 PM
His family owns Brooks-Huff tire company. I'm sure they'll get good lawyers. We'll see.
Steve February 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM
He has hired Turnbull as his attorney and they have already prayed a jury trial in the Circuit Court.
Buck Harmon February 28, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Please Kelly Blue...tell me your position with the clique...I believe that you are way off base with your comments in defense of this very bad behavior...I would say that this is the reason you have to use a fake name when posting. . You can't possibly use your real name to make such absurd statements....Once again...I never made an accusation of special treatment...Huff was seeking it but it backfired...he was a dumb ass and you are his cheerleader...do you work for Huff..? Come clean Kelly Blue or choose another topic...you blew this one...come clean Kelly Blew..come clean..
Buck Harmon February 28, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Come clean Kelly Blew...come clean...you are employed by Todd Huff and the clique...they pay you to attempt defensive illusion...time to finally come clean Kelly Blew..
Buck Harmon February 28, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Great cut and paste skills KB...comes from a lack of knowledge pertaining to the topic...skills of a very weak County employee defending very bad behavior... who the hell is talking about Moxley other than you..? Come clean Kelly Blew...come clean..
Steve February 28, 2013 at 03:51 AM
H'mmm Huff...Elks.....Turnbull...... They should move the trial to Washington County. Otherwise the Baltimore County Judicial system will lose the last shred of credibility it has left.
Pete R. February 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Maybe this would be a good time to examine the culture, I don't use alcohol, but in that bar he was in that night he wasn't alone I am sure there were many other people who also drove home over the limit. They didn't get caught. Look at Super Bowl Sunday where many people go to bars to enjoy the game and drink for the entire evening they go home over the limit. It's only luck that the majority of them don't get pulled over. Bars have Happy hour and goldfish bowl beers vehicles to allow their patrons to over indulge its just our culture, Mr. Huff is a guy with an abuse issue who needs to address the deeper issue he doesn't know how to stop. BC should discontinue the free cars for all the folks who get them, it would save us a lot of money, the people who really need compensation for personal car use could turn in an expense report for miles driven on a monthly basis and receive the federal prevailing rate around $ 0.54 cents per mile. That alone could save our county a to of money. Mr. Huff surely shouldn't be using his county car to be sitting in a bar at 3:00am.
Tony Solesky February 28, 2013 at 01:47 PM
@ Pete, You make excellent points some that are quite sobering (pun) actually humbling. Your fiscal ideas are spot on. It is a culture for sure. Voters and bloggers not being objective and reasonable in an effort to advance sensible government and leadership can also tell us much. If you read many of the blog post you will see that some when confronted with an issue have actually mimicked Huff’s behavior. Alcohol, anonymity or any other induced loss of inhibition type bravery, merely releases the beast. Basically in voting for these guys people have rationalized there decisions as a plight and the same as Huff used poor judgment. Government in general and Huff in particular is a mirror of that mentality or he could not have been elected. For many folks integrity is something we demand of others after we compromised ourselves by voting for them. With such nebulous ideas in what decision taking is, there is no smoking gun here. The big question for each individual is when something happens to you what are you going to do about it. I am constantly having to show people in government how to do the job and that is all do to failed leadership. But again how did Huff get that job???
Buck Harmon February 28, 2013 at 02:05 PM
A lot of Kelly Whalen goin on here...you Blue it again...
Covington March 02, 2013 at 02:37 AM
From the prices Brooks Huff charges for car repairs, Mr.Huff can afford to hire the best attorney available. No longer a customer of theirs................\
ReacherAnon April 30, 2013 at 01:36 PM
He killed someone before my uncle told me

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