Zack Reed Pleads Not Guilty to OVI Charge


Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed sits with his attorney in court. (Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

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CLEVELAND -- Councilman Zack Reed on Wednesday morning pleaded not guilty in Cleveland Municipal Court to his third drinking and driving charge.

He remains free on a $2,500 bond.

The councilman was arrested early Tuesday morning after he allegedly ran a red light and made an improper turn at East 9th Street and Rockwell Avenue. Police say he failed a field sobriety test at the scene.

He was also arrested and charged with OVI back in 2005 and 2007.

Reed told waiting reporters outside the courtroom that he had no plans to resign his position, and that he'd report to work this morning.

He reportedly refused to answer any questions about the night of his arrest; however, Reed did say he owes himself an apology.

The councilman wouldn't answer questions on whether or not he is seeking treatment.

Since Reed refused a breathalyser test on the night of his arrest, his license is automatically suspended. Reed says he will use the transit system to get to work.

He is due back in court March 19.

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