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Cleveland Councilman Reed has third DUI arrest
He'll be in court tomorrow morning to answer to the charges

Kevin Niedermier
Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed's booking photo after being arrested for alleged drunk driving early this morning. It is his third DUI since being elected nearly 14 years ago.
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Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed will be in court tomorrow morning to answer to his third DUI charge in seven years. Reed was pulled over and arrested early this morning in downtown Cleveland. This afternoon he posted bond and left the jail without commenting.       

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Police say Councilman Reed was pulled over just before 2 a.m. for running a red light and making an illegal turn. He then failed a sobriety test and was arrested.

Reed was convicted of drunken driving in 2005 and again in 2007. In 2007, after he was found passed out at the wheel of a running car with his foot on the brake, he checked into rehab for 28 days.

After that second conviction, many people called for Reed to be ousted from council. But council members chose to support their colleague. Following the recent arrest, Council President Martin Sweeney made this brief statement.

“It’s evident that our colleague has some personal issues we hope he can overcome. And after having all the facts, council will deal with this directly.”

At least one Cleveland resident, Lisa Taylor, says Reed’s recent arrest is the last straw.

“Because it’s his third DUI, it’s just not something he’s supposed to be getting if he’s a councilman. So I don’t think he should be a councilman anymore.”

Reed, turns 52 next month. He first became a councilman in 2000.

Listener Comments:

Hello...Im am a resident of Cleveland
Personally speaking from what I've read and followed up on concerning Mr. Reed, I don't think he needs to habe anything less than support from council and Cleveland residents. Nobody is perfect and its obvious he is going thru some issues. My heart goes out to him.
Never kick a man when he's down.
Is it possible that sum time off(holding his position) could be granted.

Best wishes to Z. Reed
He is in my prayers

Posted by: Ms. S. Bolden (Cleveland) on March 7, 2013 12:03PM
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