Councilman Reed out of jail after OVI sentence

9:39 AM, Oct 5, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed was released from jail Saturday morning. 

The Councilman spent 10 days in a Solon jail after he was convicted of his third OVI. 

Reed told Channel 3 that he was spent a lot of time thinking and reading in jail.  He read his Bible and a few other books.  He also took time to think about his ward and what he can do for his community.  He said he is ready to get back out and serve.

After talking to us, Councilman Jeff Johnson was waiting for him and then gave Reed a ride home. 

Cleveland Safety Director Marty Flask made the decision to send Reed to the Solon jail because he was considered a high profile prisoner. Reed would pose security issues if he served his 10 day sentence at the Cleveland House of Corrections. 

 "I'm not going to risk the city's reputation or our pocketbook for an assault committed on him by an inmate," said Flask.

Councilman Reed was pulled over in March after running a red light and making an illegal turn on East 9th and Rockwell.  That's when Cleveland Police officers smelled alcohol and administered a field sobriety test. Reed was taken into custody and to jail where he refused to take a Breathalyzer test. 

Reed is required to spend 60 days under an electronic alcohol monitoring device. His license has been suspended for two years with two years probation.  The councilman is also enrolled in a program at the Cleveland Clinic for a mandatory treatment.  He is required to perform 50 hours of community service and pay a $1,500 fine. 

Another hearing is set in two months to determine if Reed is complying with his sentence.  If he is not in compliance Reed could receive additional jail time. 



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