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Councilman Reed pleads not guilty to latest OVI, has no plans to resign

Zack Reed in court Zack Reed in court
Zack Reed in court Zack Reed in court

Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed was in court Wednesday morning after his latest drunk driving arrest.

Reed is facing four charges, with the most serious being drunk driving. The other charges are minor traffic offenses. Reed pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

Reed has no plans on resigning and says he has important work to do in his ward, Ward 2.  He refused to discuss specifics about the night he was arrested.

Reed was stopped at the intersection of East 9th and Rockwell Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after he failed to stop at a red light and made an improper turn.

19 Action News has learned Reed refused a breath test.

Reed did apologize to City Council for putting them in an awkward position. He wouldn't say if he had been in treatment or would go back. Reed's immediate plan was to go to work at City Hall.

Tuesday's arrest was not Reed's first alcohol-related brush with the law. He was busted for drunk driving in 2005 and 2007.

He was sentenced to probation for the first arrest, and his license was suspended. Reed served ten days in jail for the second arrest, but even then, he was given special treatment at the city lockup. He was allowed to stay in the infirmary in a private room away from the general population.

Councilman Reed is due back in court on March 19.

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