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Cleveland firefighter allegedly shows up to airport intoxicated 2 days in a row, is arrested 3 times

Posted at 11:42 AM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 15:04:07-05

CLEVELAND — A high-ranking Cleveland Fire Department official has been arrested for a third time over a span of two days for allegedly trying to board a plane while intoxicated.

According to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s office, Fire Battalion Chief William Graham was taken into custody at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Tuesday just after 7 a.m. Just before noon, he was arrested again at the airport.

Both of Tuesday's arrests were for disorderly conduct, authorities said.

According to the mayor's office, following the initial Tuesday arrest, Graham was hospitalized for feeling ill, but then went back to the airport and was arrested again. He has since been hospitalized a second time after he reported an illness.

Graham was first arrested Monday for disorderly conduct at the airport. That incident happened around 1 p.m.

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According to the police citations, on Monday and Tuesday morning, Graham was allegedly drunk and acting belligerent at one of the airport's gates. In both cases, an airline refused to allow him to board a plane.

The citations state that Graham had a "heavy odor" of alcohol coming from him.

He is currently on restricted duty. Authorities said Graham is currently in the hospital after having complained of an illness.

Graham has worked for the Cleveland Fire Department for the past three decades, the mayor’s office stated.