Baltimore County councilman Todd Huff arrested on DUI charges

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Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff was arrested Saturday under suspicion of driving under the influence in Towson, county police said.

The 44-year-old Lutherville Republican is charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, a headlight violation and negligent driving, police said. He allegedly had a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit.

Huff was traveling north on York Road near Washington Avenue around 2:30 a.m. in a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is owned by the county, according to a statement of charges filed by police. An officer observed the vehicle traveling with no headlights and saw it come to a sudden stop at a red light, passing the crosswalk of the intersection.

When the officer tried to stop the councilman, Huff drove a half-block and pulled into the parking lot of the Brooks-Huff Tire & Auto Center in the 900 block of York Road, a business his family owns, according to the statement of charges.

“Don’t you know who I am?” he allegedly told the officer when asked for his driver’s license and vehicle registration card. “You stopped me on my own property.”

When asked whether he had been drinking, Huff said he had “had a few drinks” and had just been at an Elks Lodge, according charging documents.

When he got out of the Jeep to perform sobriety tests, Huff allegedly stumbled and used the driver’s door to balance himself.

“Do we really need to be doing this?” he asked police, according to the document. “You need to just take me home and be done with this. You can just drive me home. I will just leave the car parked here.”

After the field tests, he was placed under arrest and taken to the Towson precinct, according to the report. There, he repeatedly asked police for advice on whether to submit to an alcohol breath test, even though they told him they couldn’t advise him. He also asked to make a phone call, saying he was going to contact Police Chief Jim Johnson.

When told he could contact a lawyer, Huff declined, “stating he did not like attorneys,” according to police.
He submitted to a test showing he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20. The legal limit is 0.08. He later was released from custody.

Huff had several brushes with the law in the 1990s, an issue that came up in the 2010 election, in which he defeated incumbent T. Bryan McIntire.

He pleaded guilty in 1996 to failure to stop at the scene of an accident involving an injury in Anne Arundel County.
 
Also in that decade, he was charged with a handgun violation and with writing a bad check for $500. Those cases were later expunged from his record.

He did not return messages seeking comment Saturday.

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