UPDATE 4/19/11 @ 6:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Charleston city councilwoman is facing her fourth DUI charge, and, in just a few weeks, it will be up to voters to decide whether or not she stays on the council.
Teresa “Tricky” Reed has done a lot to improve her ward on the city’s West Side. She always has plenty to say about public matters, but when it comes to her personal life, she's keeping silent.
“Driving under the influence is very serious,” Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said.
Reed has been arrested in connection with drinking and driving four times. According to the criminal complaint, the latest was Monday night.
Reed crashed her car into another vehicle and was asked four times to get out before failing several field sobriety tests.
“That's what makes it serious. It's happened so many times,” Jones said.
Two of the previous charges were dismissed, and the other time she only pleaded to reckless driving. The question now is whether or not she should remain a council member.
“People say, 'Are you gonna ask for her to resign?' " Jones said. "It's not my place to ask her to resign. I didn't elect her. I'm more concerned, as I think most people are concerned, about her personal well-being.”
With her name still on the ballot, Reed's public role is in the hands of the voters, while her personal life is in the hands of a judge.
Reed spent most of the day Monday in the South Central Regional Jail. Officials there say she posted bond at about 5 p.m.
According to the criminal complaint, Teresa Reed, who is a councilwoman from the 5th Ward, was involved in an accident at the corner of Washington and Clendenin Street late Monday night.
Police say they could smell an odor of alcohol on her breath when they went to talk to her.
According to the criminal complaint, Reed told police she had drank two glasses of wine.
They gave her a field sobriety test and according to the criminal complaint, the officer said her performance indicated her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.
Reed was taken to the police station, where she attempted to blow into a intoximeter but she was not able to blow into the machine. She then gave her consent to have her blood drawn.
Reed was charged with 1st Offense DUI.
This is not the first time Reed has been in trouble for DUI. She was also charged with driving drunk in April 2007, March 2009 and December 2009.
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