Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed convicted of drunken driving for third time

CLEVELAND - A jury found Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed guilty in his OVI case Tuesday afternoon.

Reed, who has served the second ward since 2000, was stopped at East 9th Street and Rockwell Avenue in Cleveland on March 5.

Police said he failed to stop at a light before turning. He failed a field sobriety test and smell of alcohol, police said.

"Obviously, we're disappointed in the verdict," said Kevin Spellacy, Reed's attorney. "We have a tremendous amount of respect for the jury system. But again we're disappointed in the verdict."

"You could see the strain on some of the jurors' faces as we were looking at them. We had a couple that were actually in tears. Obviously, it was a difficult decision for them," Spellacy said. Reed did not make a statement and did not take the stand during the trial.

Reed faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison. He will be sentenced on Sept. 5 at 10 a.m.

"Councilman Reed is dealing with his own reality. I have asked him in the past to resign and my position has not changed.  Council is focused on working with Mayor Jackson's administration in moving the city of Cleveland forward," said Cleveland City Council President Martin J. Sweeney in a statement.

This was Reed's third arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence. In 2008, he served 10 days in jail for his second drunken driving conviction.

 

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