Councilman Huff Admits To Drinking On Voicemail To Chief Of Police
TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)— A Baltimore County councilman is accused of drunk driving and seeking special treatment. Now WJZ has obtained evidence suggesting he was trying to influence police.
Adam May has new reaction to a revealing voicemail.
The councilman called the chief of police for help three times but no elected official in Baltimore County wants to talk about it.
Councilman Todd Huff faces charges of driving under the influence–more than twice the legal limit. Soon after he was arrested over the weekend on York Road in Towson, investigators say he called Baltimore County’s chief of police three times.
“Hey Jim, it’s Todd,” he said in a voicemail left for Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson.
“Apparently, I was pulled over for not having my headlights on, but yeah, and I was drinking. Can you please call me back on my cell phone?”
The recordings were obtained by Bryan P. Sears of Lutherville-Timonium Patch through the Freedom of Information Act Request.
Listen To Voicemail Here:
The arresting officer says Huff also asked her, “Don’t you know who I am?” and “Do we really need to be doing this?”
For days, WJZ has been trying to interview Huff about the appearance of seeking special treatment. One staffer said Huff was working at his family’s business; workers there say Huff was “coming and going.”
Huff has not returned numerous messages, but police are speaking out.
“This department treats everyone the same. Councilman Huff has been treated exactly the same as any other citizen in a case like this,” said Elise Armacost.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has also stayed silent on the issue. WJZ tracked down his chief of staff.
“We think it’s best we refrain from commenting on this issue. We’re going to refer all inquiries to the county council,” said Don Mohler.
The Baltimore County State’s Attorney says he’ll bring in a prosecutor from another county to avoid questions of impropriety.
In an earlier statement, Huff said he would give back his county-owned vehicle.
To view Councilman Huff’s full statement, click here.