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AUDIO: Zack Reed sentenced to jail

AUDIO: Zack Reed sentenced to jail

(Cleveland) - City councilman Zack Reed has been sentenced to 180 days in jail, 90 of which are suspended. 70 of those are being deferred.

Reed is to begins serving ten days in jail on September 25th, he'll then wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet for two months

In 60 days, Reed must return for a follow-up hearing to determine if he's been compliant with the court's orders. If he has complied, the remaining deferred jail time will likely be suspended.

Reed also faces a two year drivers license suspension and was fined $1,500.

Reed thanked visiting Judge Larry Allen and the jury and said he was treated fairly. He said God has out all the sides in the courtroom together.

Defense attorney Jeff Saffold with Zack Reed after sentencing.

Reed says he allowed the disease of alcoholism to get ahold of him. He says he cannot even have one drink and must remain sober the rest of his life.

Reed also spoke about achieving his dream of having a positive influence on the city he grew up in. Reed says he wants kids to remember the good things he's done, and not his drunk driving convictions.

Reed says he's been sober for 185 days since his arrest March 5 and holds himself fully accountable. He thanked Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Toby Cosgrove for allowing him to begin treatment.

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Judge Allen told Reed he was being sentenced solely on his OVI conviction and it would not be based on his service to the community. Judge Allen says his job is to keep the streets safe

Judge Allen says it was fortunate no one was hurt during any of Reed drunk driving incidents.

A jury of four men and four women found Reed guilty last month of his third OVI. The panel deliberated about six hours. 

Reed was arrested at the intersection of East 9th Street and Rockwell Avenue after he failed to stop at a red light and made an improper turn. He refused to take a breath test.

Reed said his mouthwash was what officers smelled.

After the verdict, Reed admitted to WTAM 1100 that he has an alcohol problem and was seek help. His attorney says Reed is already under treatment.

Reed could go to jail for at least 20 days and as long as six months. The judge may be lenient and allow Reed to serve his time under house arrest while wearing an electronic monitor.

The sentence could affect Reed’s status on city council. If Reed...who is running for re-election...cannot attend council meetings, he could be removed from that seat.

This is the third time reed has been convicted of driving under the influence. The other cases were in 2005 and 2008.

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