2 Councilmen Answering to OVIs in Same Week

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Councilmen Zack Reed and Eugene Miller

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two city councilmen will be in front of a judge this month to face OVI charges.

Councilman Eugene Miller, who was arrested on an OVI charge in November, has a hearing scheduled for 9:30 a.m. April 11. The next day, Councilman Zack Reed, who was arrested March 5 on an OVI charge, will face a judge at 10 a.m.

Miller, the Ward 10 councilman, was pulled over for speeding. He was arrested after the officer smelled alcohol, and he admitted to having a couple of drinks.

Miller’s citation also shows that his blood alcohol content was .056, which is actually below the legal limit of .08.

Cleveland police, however, said even if a driver is below the legal limit of .08, they can still be charged with drunk driving. For example, the alcohol combined with prescription medication could cause the person to be impaired and fail a field sobriety test.

The specifics of Miller’s arrest have not yet been revealed.

Reed was arrested March 5. He told police he had two beers and Listerine. Police said he failed his field sobriety tests. Reed has two previous OVI arrests.