Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed appears in court on drunken driving charge

Attorney to file motion for a jury trial

CLEVELAND - Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed met the new judge that will be handling his upcoming trial on charges that he operated a vehicle while intoxicated.

A new judge needed to be appointed after judges in Cleveland Municipal Court refused to hear the case, due to the relationship between the courts and city council.

Retired visiting Judge Larry Allen of the Willoughby Municipal Court ordered that Reed's driving privileges continue to be suspended and his car to remain immobilized.

Reed's attorney, Kevin Spellacy, indicated he will file a motion for a jury trial and plans to call witnesses.

Reed is due to appear in court for a final pretrial hearing on May 24.

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