2:15 PM EST, March 5, 2013
The Sun editorial regarding the drunk driving charge of Baltimore County 3rd District Councilman Todd Huff is very troubling ("Sobriety test," Feb. 26). The council is faced with difficult, challenging times requiring responsible decision making by its members.
The actions of Mr. Huff — driving with headlights off on York Road at 2:30 a.m. with an alcohol level of 0.20, far above the legal level — were very dangerous. Serious or fatal injuries could easily have resulted as his Jeep suddenly appeared out of the darkness. While this arrest and prosecution will be a down moment in his life, Mr. Huff should be thankful that his critical lack of judgment and reckless actions did not leave mourning families grieving the death or injury of loved ones.
Yet, Mr. Huff's attempt to extricate himself by trying to intimidate the police officer demonstrates much worse than poor judgment on his part, but also an abusive character with no respect for legitimate authority. The officer may well have prevented a terrible accident and saved Mr. Huff's life and perhaps the lives of innocent people as well.
Mr. Huff's actions bring into question whether he has the ability and integrity to meet the challenges he faces as an elected member of the Baltimore County Council, and we believe he should resign from office.
Harold Burns and Marvin Tenberg
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