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December 29, 2012

Councilor Reed faces DUI count

Wagoner County arrest made in November

— Muskogee City Councilor Derrick Reed is scheduled to appear next week in Wagoner County District Court on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

Court records show Reed also was charged with transporting an open container and driving with a suspended license. The alleged violations occurred in mid-November. The misdemeanor charges were filed Dec. 5, and Reed pleaded not guilty the following day.

Reed acknowledged the arrest but declined to comment further, based upon the advice of his lawyer. Attempts to contact Reed’s lawyer were unsuccessful.

A probable cause affidavit filed in the case indicates that Reed was stopped early Nov. 17 while driving south on U.S. 69. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Kenny Knight states in the affidavit that he saw a four-door Chevrolet being driven on the shoulder of the highway at about 40 mph.

He says the car swerved “back onto the roadway and then ... back onto the shoulder.” Knight states in the affidavit that he “immediately noticed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage radiating from inside the car after Reed “cracked his window” when Knight approached.

The trooper alleges Reed’s “speech was slow and slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.” After being asked to get out of the car he was driving, Reed allegedly was “unstable on his feet.” Although Reed allegedly refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, the trooper states the councilor failed a series of sobriety tests at the scene of the arrest.

Reed was elected in April as a Ward III representative on the City Council. He succeeded former Vice Mayor Robert Perkins, who supported Reed’s candidacy.

Reed works as the programs director at the Martin Luther King Center and is the president of the Muskogee Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Court records show Reed is free on a $3,800 bond. He is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. Thursday for the misdemeanor docket.

Reach D.E. Smoot at (918) 684-2901 or dsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com.

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