Urbana attorney suspended; charged with domestic violence, assault

An Urbana attorney was arrested for the third time since May and has been charged with several felonies and misdemeanors, including domestic violence, burglary and violating a protection order, according to court records.

Ryan Reed, 39, was arrested and charged on Monday after being involved in a pursuit with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, according to a sheriff’s report. Reed was listed as an inmate in the Tri-County Regional Jail on Tuesday and has a court date set for July 1, court records show.

Sheriff’s deputies chased Reed after Urbana police alerted them around 1:20 p.m. to be on the lookout for him on the way to the city to harm a female.

During the chase, Reed crashed on Woodburn Road after losing control before the first curve, the report said. He was arrested and charged with failure to comply with an order or signal of police officer, driving under suspension and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

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Just before the pursuit, officers were dispatched around 12:20 p.m. to an address on Scioto Street after Reed threatened to go to that residence to harm a woman with a knife, according to an Urbana police report.

When police arrived, the woman was not home. The Tri-County Regional Jail then tracked Reed on his ankle monitor to the County Line Drive-Thru, so officers went to State Route 54 and U.S. Highway 68 to wait for him.

Reed did not end up entering Urbana, and this is when the pursuit started with the sheriff’s office.

According to the report, Reed was charged with domestic violence, aggravated menacing and inducing panic in this incident.

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Reed was also accused of entering the same woman’s home while highly intoxicated on the night of May 14, according to a second police report.

The woman told police that Reed broke the protection order they had after he was charged with domestic violence and assault on May 6.

She then called police before Reed fled out of the house and ran down an alley, the report said. Officers were unable to find him, but made contact with him and he denied being in Urbana.

A warrant was issued for Reed for violating a domestic violence protection order, and he was also charged with burglary in the incident.

On May 22, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued Reed an interim remedial suspension to practice law in the State of Ohio pending his criminal charges, according to court records. Reed was issued the suspension because he, “has engaged in conduct that violates the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and posess a substantial threat of serious harm to the public.”

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