A Baltimore County councilman was arrested and charged with drunken driving after an auto accident early yesterday on the Baltimore Beltway, authorities said.
Stephen G. Samuel Moxley, a Catonsville Democrat and member of the council since 1994, was released on his own recognizance after being charged with driving under the influence and driving while impaired, according to county police.
Police said Moxley took a field sobriety test but refused to take a Breathalyzer test.
About 2 a.m., the driver of a silver Honda CRV was on the shoulder of Interstate 695, north of Wilkens Avenue, changing a flat tire; a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Moxley, swerved off the road and struck the SUV, said police spokesman Officer Shawn Vinson. The motorist changing the tire was not near his vehicle and was not hurt, Vinson said.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found Moxley, who also was uninjured, walking around his vehicle, Vinson said. Investigators noticed a "strong odor" of alcohol on Moxley's breath, he said.
After the field sobriety test, Moxley was arrested and charged, and was released shortly afterward, police said. Vinson said Moxley's car had to be towed because of crash damage but that the Honda sustained minor damage.
Moxley did not return calls to his home yesterday.
Council Chairman Joseph Bartenfelder described the incident as uncharacteristic of Moxley. He said he did not know about it until he was told by a reporter.
"I'm glad that nobody got hurt," he said. "I would have to talk with [Moxley] before I can comment on the situation."