Cleveland councilman pleads not guilty, vows not to resign.
(Cleveland) - Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed is free on bond after being arrested early Tuesday morning on his third DUI charge in eight years.
Reed pleaded not guilty to DUI and other charges Wednesday morning in Cleveland Municipal Court. He also challenged a license suspension for the arrest.
Reed spoke to the media after his court appearance. He wouldn't talk about the case but says he apologizes to city council for putting them through this.
Reed says he wil not resign and he will continue to work for the people of Ward 2.
Another court hearing has been set for March 13th.
(Photo by Colleen O'Neill/WTAM 1100)
At approximately 2:30 am Tuesday, Police Detective Jennifer Ciaccia says a traffic stop was initiated at the intersection of East 9th Street and Rockwell Avenue. This after Reed reportedly failed to stop at a red light and made an improper turn.
After failing a field sobriety test, Councilman Reed was taken to the Central Prison Unit where he was booked and housed. Reed has been charged on four counts: DUI, ambiguous/non-working signal, turning at intersections and signal and change course/turn/stop.
Reed spent the night in jail, but he posted bond.
(Photo courtesy Cleveland Police)
This is Reed’s third DUI incident. The Ward 2 councilman dealt with drunk driving charges back in 2007 and 2005.
Council President Martin Sweeney issued the following statement:
Cleveland City Council takes this matter very seriously and once we understand all the facts and circumstances of this particular situation Council will address and deal with this issue.
Councilman Reed and all members of city council are expected to abide by the laws of the state, the city, and the specific rules of city council. Council members must remain members in good standing and be able to perform their duties as members of city council.
While this is a personal matter for Mr. Reed and his family and friends, he is also an elected member of city council and must be able to carry out his duties for the residents of Ward 2.
I do hope Councilman Reed can overcome his personal issues, and wish him all my support in this endeavor.
Cleveland DUI Defense Attorney Avery Fromet tells WTAM 1100 Reed is looking at 30 days in jail, fines of $850 or more, mandated alcohol treatment, and 2 to 10 years suspension of his drivers license. Fromet recommends Reed gets a good attorney since this is a very serious offense in Ohio.
Reed was sentenced to probation for the first arrest. Reed served ten days in jail after the second arrest. In early 2008, Reed spoke to WTAM about his struggle with alcohol.
The 52-year-old Reed has been on council for 13 years.
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