Councilman Moxley apologizes after crash

Balto. Co. Democrat faces drunken-driving charges

June 07, 2005|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County councilman charged with drunken driving after a weekend crash on the Beltway said in a statement yesterday that he is "thankful no one was injured" and that he accepts "responsibility for my actions."

Councilman Stephen G. Samuel Moxley, a Catonsville Democrat, said in a statement, "I want to apologize for the embarrassment that I've caused my colleagues, my constituents, and most of all my family. I will continue to work to regain their trust."

The councilman's comments came two days after the incident on the Beltway between Wilkens Avenue and Frederick Road.

Moxley was driving a county-owned vehicle, a council official said.

According to court papers filed by county police, Moxley, 45 and a councilman since 1994, hit a silver Honda CRV on the shoulder of the highway.

The Honda's driver, David Rash of Frederick, had pulled over to change a flat tire and had walked around the to back of his vehicle when he heard something hit it. He said he looked up and saw a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer pull onto the shoulder, according to the court papers.

Rash told police that the driver swayed and staggered after he got out of his vehicle and that he asked whether he had caused the flat tire, the court papers said.

According to court papers, Moxley told an officer that he had about four glasses of wine with dinner and was on his way home when a tractor-trailer forced him off the road, When questioned, Moxley seemed confused about whether the truck had been on his right or left, the court papers said.

The councilman's speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and an officer could smell alcohol on his breath, according to the documents.

Moxley's statement says he was cooperative with officers when they arrived at the scene.

He took field sobriety tests but later refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the Woodlawn precinct or to sign forms at the police station, according to the court documents. Moxley was "generally uncooperative throughout the processing" at the precinct, an officer wrote in the documents.

Police said the councilman was charged with driving under the influence and driving while impaired and later released.

In his statement, Moxley thanked the Police Department for its response to the accident and said he will personally pay for any repairs.

"I look forward to resolving this matter through the legal process," Moxley said.

No court date had been set as of yesterday.

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