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Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed was removed from council committees on Monday after his OVI arrest earlier this month.

Reed, a member of council for 13 years, was stopped at East 9th Street and Rockwell Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. on March 5. Police said the councilman failed a field sobriety test and was charged on four counts, including operating under the influence.

Reed, 52, issued the following statement during Monday night’s council meeting:

“Upon hearing the decision of Council President Sweeney to remove me of all council committee responsibilities, I will now take this opportunity to continue to spend even more time with my constituents and work on their behalf as well as work on my own personal issues.

“I would like to thank the citizens of Ward 2 for the opportunity to continue to serve them and I know that Marin Sweeney and I both want the best for the citizens of Cleveland.”

Reed was subdued at Monday night’s council meeting the first since his arrest. The arrest or Reed’s removal from his council committees did not come up during the meeting.

Reed’s committees included Health & Human Services,  Legislation and Public Parks, Recreation & Properties.

“Councilman Reed now has the flexibility to take care of whatever he needs to take care of,” said Council President Martin Sweeney following Monday’s meeting.

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