Police: Councilman Tried To Call Police Chief After DUI Arrest

Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff has been charged with DUI.

Baltimore County Police spokesman Officer Shawn Vinson told WBAL News that a police officer spotted Huff driving his county-owned Jeep Grand Cherokee with its headlights off, at around 3 a.m. today.

Huff was spotted traveling northbound on York Road near Washington Avenue in Towson.

Huff pulled his vehicle into the Brooks Huff Tire Center, which is family owns, and where he serves as operations manager.

According to a police report released late Saturday afternoon, Huff asked the officer who stopped him, “Don’t you know who I am? You stopped me on my own property?”

The officer stated that she recognized the councilman.  The officer said she noticed that there was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

According to the police report, Huff told the officer that he, “had a few drinks,” and that he  had come from “The Elks the lodge,” prior to his traffic stop.

Huff agreed to a series of field sobriety tests.  He was then arrested and taken to the Towson Precinct.

The report indicates that when advised of his legal rights, Huff requested to make a phone call.  Huff stated that he was going to try and call “Jim Johnson,” who is the county police chief.

According to the report Huff made the call and left a message.

Huff agreed to a blood alcohol test, and according to the report he had a a breath sample of .20 grams of alcohol per 210 Liters of breath, which is the equivalent of a blood alcohol level of .20.  The legal limit for driving drunk in Maryland is .08.

Huff was then given a citation and then released.

Huff is a freshman Republican representing the 3rd Council District.

News of the arrest was first reported by Maryland Morning News contributor Bryan Sears of Patch.com.

Council Chairman Todd Quirk told Sears that the arrest was a “personal matter” and declined further comment.

Quirk also declined to comment over whether Huff would be forced to give up his county vehicle.

Sears reports that court records indicate Huff had been convicted of leaving the scene of an accident in Anne Arundel County in 1995.  He received a one year jail sentence for the misdemeanor with all but four days suspended.

Huff had previously been arrested for having a gun in his car, and in a separate incident for passing off a bad check.

When he ran for office in 2010, Huff told Sears that the past arrests were part of his arrest, and not relevant to his campaign.

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