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Cuyahoga Co. corrections officer on leave for drunk driving with gun, children in car

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 09:32:18-04

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — A Cuyahoga County corrections officer, who South Euclid police say was found drunk and passed out behind the wheel with a gun nearby and two young children in the car, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Macarthur D. Williams was placed on leave on April 11, according to a letter sent to him by Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney. According to the letter, Williams was ordered to surrender all county equipment and property.

The incident happened on April 7 at the intersection of South Green and Mayfield roads. South Euclid police got a call for a man speeding and driving erratically. Police said they found the driver and his fiancée asleep at a traffic light with their two children, a 6-year-old girl and a 17-month-old boy, in the backseat.

Williams was arrested and charged with OVI, improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, child endangering and driver inattention, according to the call for service report. All the charges are misdemeanors.

Williams is scheduled to appear in court on May 23 at 6 p.m.

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