Huff Gives Up Baltimore County Car

"I made a very poor decision," Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff said in a written statement.

Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff has relinquished the use of his county-owned vehicle following being charged early Saturday with drunken driving-related offenses.

"There are no excuses for my behavior. I can only promise that I will not make the same mistake in the future," Huff, a Lutherville Republican, said in a written statement released Monday afternoon. "As a first step toward accepting the consequences of my behavior, I am voluntarily relinquishing my county vehicle.

Huff was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after being pulled over in Towson shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday morning. He was driving his county-owned silver Jeep Grand Cherokee at the time of the traffic stop.

The councilman has not returned calls from the media seeking comment.

"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 Third District, and I recognize that I will have to work hard to regain their trust as well. I will strive to do just that."

County councilmembers are given access to a county car during their term. Nearly all of the current members use one.

The councilmembers reimburse the county for personal mileage through a payroll deduction. Councilmembers are also able to gas their cars up at county fuel depots.

Former Councilman Sam Moxley voluntarily gave up use of his county-owned Cheverolet Trailblazer following a drunk driving-related accident in 2005. He was involved in a second drunk driving-related accident four years later.

Mike Gimbel, a former long-time director of the county Bureau of Substance Abuse, said Huff's statement doesn't go far enough.

"Who cares about the car, he needs to give up the booze," Gimbel said. "If he doesn't give up drinking he can just have another accident in another car."

ArcAngel February 27, 2013 at 01:08 PM
It may be indecent, but Mr. Friese has apparently "exposed" things in the past.
Brad February 27, 2013 at 02:01 PM
I hope Mr. Friese finds his answers, there are a lot of county owned vehicles on the road, and many are used as take home cars. Supervisors in specialized units in the police dept. such as Sgts.Lts. have take home cars, Capts, and Majors, and Colonels have take home cars. Many of these rank and file drive from their homes in Pa Harford, Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Westminister counties, and go to headquarters, and work and then go back home in a company car everyday 5 days a week. Everyone I know either takes a bus, or their own private car to their place of employment. Why should the Baltimore County tax payers pay for a council member or any one driving any of these county vehicles to go to and from work. The gas and insurance is paid by us the baltimore county citizens. I would like to know Mr. Friese what type of money is being spent on take home cars in each dept. With gas prices this high, why should we be paying for county employees to drive outside of Baltimore County into Pa, and surrounding counties. Know wonder these supervisors want to get promoted, a take home car free gas and free insurance, they should be made to drive their own vehicles to their place of employment like any other citizens. At least the Council members live in Baltimore County, these other supervisors don't, and have free use of the vehicles. Good luck Mr. Friese with your quest.
John Doe February 27, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Give him a bus pass.
Frank The Breadman February 28, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Great idea Bob! As a way to save even more money, I think all County employees should give up their computers. Go back to typewriters and carbon paper - heck, it worked in the past.
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