Brother Of Sen. Harry Reid Charged With Drunk Driving, Battery Of An Officer

| by Jared Keever
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The brother of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, was arrested after he was found behind the wheel of his vehicle, parked on the dirt median of highway in southern Nevada, police have said.

The Associated Press reports 73-year-old Larry Reid spent Monday night in Clark County jail but was released Tuesday morning. 

He has been charged with driving under the influence, battery on a protected person, driving in or across a median, failure to obey or comply with an officer, violation of the seatbelt requirement, and possession of a gun while under the influence of alcohol.

According to details from the the arrest report, given by KVVU News, a Nevada Highway Patrol officer originally approached Reid’s Lexus SUV after seeing it pull into the median. The trooper initially believed the vehicle had broken down. The arrest report says the trooper asked Reid why was he was driving in the median and Reid responded with “incoherent, slurred speech.” 

Reid reportedly then asked the trooper if he could leave and the trooper told him he could not. According to the report, Reid then tried to put the vehicle in gear and drive away but the trooper reached in to place the vehicle back into park. Reid then punched the trooper twice in the face, according to the report. The trooper eventually succeeded in removing the keys from the ignition and placing Reid under arrest after a short struggle. 

The trooper reportedly sustained bruising under one eye and Reid suffered cuts to his head, nose and wrists.

(Larry Reid, AP Photo)

A spokeswoman for Sen. Reid’s office confirmed Larry Reid is the senator’s brother but declined to comment on the arrest. 

KTNV News reports the senator’s office released a brief statement.

“Larry Reid is Senator Reid's brother and this is a private matter,” the statement read.

As of Wednesday no criminal complaint had been filed in Larry Reid’s case and no court date had been set.

Sources: The Associated PressKVVU NewsKTNV News 

Photo Credit: The Associated Press courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, WikiCommons