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What's next for Councilman Zack Reed?

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Zack Reed in 19 Action News studios Zack Reed in 19 Action News studios
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

It took six hours for a jury to find Councilman Zack Reed guilty of his third OVI. It took him a matter of seconds to duck the cameras and into the elevator avoiding questions at the courthouse.  

"We have no comment," Reed's attorney shouted as he hid in the corner of the elevator.

But within a few hours Reed was in our studios, live in the 6 o'clock news talking.

"In the eyes of Zack Reed I've got a problem with alcohol and I've got to deal with it," Reed said.

Later his apology would continue.

"I've let my constituents down, I've let my family down, I've let my colleagues down, I've let my God down. You know I've made a big mistake and I've got to live through that mistake."

Reed says he plans to check into the Cleveland Clinic for his addiction, but that will have to be after he serves time.               

"Will you resign," asked Paul Orlousky. "No," was Reed's quick response.

Reed may not have a choice to continue as a council member. We did some checking and any city council member who misses 10 consecutive council meetings will have their seat vacated.

On September 5th Reed could be sentenced anywhere from 10 days to six months. If he gets anything more than two and a half months in jail, he loses his seat. Even if it's taken away, Reed says he will continue to try and win it back in November.

"I will continue to run. We started running four years ago. When I was re-elected then. We never stop running. If you wait till election year to start running then you lose." 

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