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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland City Councilman Zachary Reed returned to council chambers for the first time Monday since he was arrested, accused of drunk driving.

The Ward 2 Cleveland councilman attended Monday night's city council meeting determined to continue working for the residents of his ward.

"I think overall people know that I got a personal problem that I gotta deal with and we will deal with it...but right now I'm a council person that has to represent them and I think the vast majority of the people know that we will continue to represent them," Reed said.

March 5, Reed was arrested for drunk driving near East 9th Street and Rockwell. His arrest and field sobriety test were captured by dash cameras.

It is the councilman's third drunk driving arrest since 2005. In the video, Reed insinuates that police were already waiting for him.

"I think my lawyer was very clear that during the court trial everything will come out, and it will be clear that we shouldn't jump to conclusions," Reed said.

Meanwhile, City Council President Martin Sweeney said Reed has been "relieved of his committee assignments."

"We had a frank conversation today," said Sweeney. "Council needs to stay focused on our committee work and councilman Reed now has the flexibility to deal with the situation that he's involved."

Sweeney tells Fox 8 that he has stripped Reed of his positions on the legislation, health and human services and recreation and parks council committees.

Reed would not comment about it but released a written statement saying that it will give him more time to spend with his constituents and work on their behalf as well as work on his own personal issues.

"I'm doing good, like I said, it's a privilege to be a council person," he said.

Sweeney said according to the city's law director, council has no power to expel Reed.

"That's not gonna happen, we don't even have the authority to do so. Councilman Reed was elected by the people of Ward 2, he's gonna continue serving the people of Ward 2 until a decision is made this November," Sweeney said.

"I think the lawyer for the city clearly spoke that there's no fight for the seat because the law says that the sitting council members cannot expel me," said Reed.

Under redistricting, two city council seats must be eliminated.

Reed would not say whether he think his seat would be targeted.

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