DUI trial set to begin for Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed

CLEVELAND - Lawyers are expected to begin questioning possible jurors in Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed's DUI trial.

The trial is set to start at 9:30 Thursday morning at Cleveland Municipal Court. A visiting judge, Retired Willoughby Judge Larry Allen, will preside over the case.

Police pulled Reed over in Downtown Cleveland on March 5, after he allegedly ran a red light and made an improper turn. Officers said he failed a number of field sobriety tests.

This is Reed's third DUI arrest in eight years. He was arrested in 2005 and 2007. In both cases, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

If convicted, he could face up to six months behind bars.

Reed has pleaded not guilty and declined to comment on the trial.

Reed serves Cleveland's Second District. He is up for re-election in November.

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