News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.


The Holden Arboretum

Meaden & Moore

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime

Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed sentenced for third DUI
13-year council veteran could serve as few as 10 days behind bars

Kabir Bhatia
Zack Reed (right) was sentenced to mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, 2 years of probation, a 2-year license suspension, $1500 in fines, and 180 days in jail, although half of that is suspended and he could serve as few as 10 of the remaining days actually in jail
Courtesy of WKYC
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed has been sentenced for his third DUI.  Along with a 15-hundred dollar fine, Reed gets 180 days in jail. But that does not mean he will spend the next six months behind bars. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed sentenced for third DUI

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:10)

Zack Reed's jail time has broken down so that he could serve just 10 days actually in jail.

Judge Larry Allen suspended three months -- or half -- of the sentence.

The other 90 days includes 20 days in jail, or an equivalent of 10 in jail plus up to two months of monitoring.

The judge will decide later what happens with the remaining 70 days.

“The reason for that, Mr. Reed, is because you don’t seem to respond when you don’t have someone looking over your shoulder. So the 70 days is deferred but that will be set for a hearing in 60 days to make sure you comply with this court’s orders.”

Reed also faces two years of probation, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment and a two-year license suspension retroactive to March 5, when he was pulled over for running a red light. Police say he smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. Reed says he refused a breathalyzer test because he believed Listerine mouthwash he had used would register a false positive. He also refused blood and urine tests. 

Although he did not take the stand during his trial last month, he briefly addressed the judge during sentencing.

“I take full responsibility for that. I don’t hold bitterness toward anyone. Not the police officers, not the jury, nor you. Those were my actions.”Reed has served on council since 2000, but he could be kicked off if he misses 10 consecutive regularly scheduled meetings. Reed is facing three challengers in Cleveland’s primary election Tuesday. He reports to jail on September 25.

Council President Martin Sweeney has called on Reed to resign, but senior councilman Mike Polensek says Reed needs to get help, and the residents of Ward 2 should decide his fate. 
Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Ottawa County Commissioner sworn in as new house member
Congratulations on your new appointment to the Ohio House. I'm certain you will do an outstanding job in your new role representing our district. When you have...

Holden Arboretum opens a new canopy walk and emergent tower
Visited the Holden Arboretum today to witness the incredible work you did constructing the tower and bridges.WOW! Very impressed. Knew the build had to be great...

Local club works to bring back the once-prevalent American elm
I would love to help! Where would I get some of the new Strain so I could plant them?

Four Geauga school districts consider consolidating on the Kent State campus
Berkshire was smart to merge with Ledgemont because it had shrinking enrollment and excess capacity at its high school. Now that Cardinal is dragging its feet ...

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Lawmakers call for indefinite freeze on Green Energy standards
It's a shame the Hudson Rep. Chooses to mimic the words of the extreme right senator on his way out to join ALEC when we know the Pope was just here because of...

Youngstown Schools file suit against the Ohio Department of Education to stop the implementation of an academic distress commission
Voters should ask WHY this plan was rushed into law under the cover of darkness. What clues point to the beneficiaries of this plan? Both Patrick O'Donnell of...

More join the battle against Ohio's current forfeiture laws
NOT TRUE IN OHIO! ! My cousin's 8 rental houses were siezed in the early 2000s. He was a decorated Cleveland Police officer and detective (now retired). His dis...

Great Lakes conference considers a range of threats
Your article states "Studies discovered over half of all PAHs found in the Great Lakes region come from a single source: Coal tar sealants.". I'm curious to whi...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University