Councilman Zack Reed Racks Up Third DUI

Cleveland City Councilman and eminent "party boy" Zack Reed was arrested early this morning after running red lights and making "improper" turns downtown.

Turns out the guy had had a few drinks. ...Whoa! Who'da thunk?

It's not the first time he's been tossed in the drunk tank. Reed garnered DUIs in 2005 and 2007, as well.

He spoke with Scene in early 2008 about his politically "meh." career thus far:

It's clear that he sees himself not as a humble servant to an East Side wasteland, but as the handsome prince of a budding kingdom. He wears $500 suits, drives a BMW, and likes to call himself the Bill Clinton of Mount Pleasant. He has a fondness for women of all stripes, and even friends admit his addiction to white women may rival his addiction to alcohol. During his hard-partying days, he never seemed to mind his reputation as Mayor of the Warehouse District.

In retrospect, they were all signs of a politician about to fall.

And there's something else he said that still hangs in the air: "'I have to give up alcohol,' he says. 'Me and alcohol can't coexist.'"

Pretty profound stuff.

We assume that he'll return to fine form by Thirsty Thursday, at which point: Next round's on you, Reed!

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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