Zack Reed Says He Had ‘Two Beers and Listerine’


(File: Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed in court)

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CLEVELAND-- Councilman Zack Reed was in court Tuesday for a hearing on his latest OVI charge, after he was pulled over earlier this month.

According to court documents filed on the case, Reed told police officers the night he was stopped he had "two beers and Listerine."

He also said he knew the cops were going to pull him over.

Judge Pinkey Carr has recused herself from Reed's case. The defense did not ask the judge to recuse herself from the case. “This issue is not whether or not I can be fair and impartial, because as it relates to anyone I can be fair and impartial, but it is also a part to avoid the appearance of impropriety, and since the councilman did endorse me, I am going to recuse myself from this case,” Judge Carr said.

The prosecution also stated they have receipts that show Reed paid a tab before he was pulled over on the OVI charge.  It does not list what was purchased.

Reed’s attorney says he is concerned with how prosecutors obtained those receipts. “The jailers were presented with his release papers but upon the arrival of the prosecutor he was further detained and as a result of that detention, another search was done of her personal belongings and as a result of that, receipts were taken,” said Anthony Jordan, Reed’s attorney.

Despite his legal issues, Reed says he is continuing to work and represent the people that elected him to office.

He declined to discuss the situation at this time.

The councilman has plead not guilty to the OVI charge from earlier this month.  This is the third time he has been arrested for drunken driving. He was arrested previously in 2005 and 2007.

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