Evanston police say City Clerk Devon Reid was arrested early this morning for driving on a suspended license.
Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says an officer on patrol about 1 a.m. saw a car fail to signal for a left turn in the 2400 block of Emerson Street and pulled the car over just across the North Shore Channel in the 9400 block of McCormick Boulevard in Skokie.
In addition to finding that Reid didn’t have a valid license, Glew says officers discovered a small amount of marijuana in the car and issued Reid, 25, a citation for possession of under 10 grams of cannabis.
Reid has been in trouble over the driver’s license issue before. In October 2015, he was arrested while driving in the McHenry County village of Lake in the Hills for driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
When that arrest became an issue during his election campaign, Reid said he knew he had an unpaid traffic ticket from a prior incident but wasn’t aware that his license had been suspended.
He said he had since paid the fine, but had not tried to get his license reinstated — preferring to walk or use public transportation.
Reid did not attend Monday night’s City Council meeting, where aldermen held off approving minutes for the previous meeting after Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, said he had substantive issues about the minutes that couldn’t be addressed with Reid absent.
Update 5:30 p.m.: Reid, in a phone interview with Evanston Now, said he hadn’t attended the City Council meeting Monday night because he was sick.
He explained the late-night trip by saying he had borrowed his roommate’s car to pick up his neighbors from the hospital where they’d taken their kids to the emergency room.