CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland firefighter was arrested for the third time in 24 hours, the most recent time for being returned to the airport and being disputed with JetBlue employees, according to police.
Fifty-five-year-old battalion chief William Graham was arrested Tuesday at noon at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, said Cleveland Police spokesman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said.
Ciaccia said Graham had been released from the hospital after his second arrest on Tuesday and had returned to the airport. He entered the landing area for JetBlue, entered it and became belligerent towards the employees, she said.
He was arrested for suspicion of aggravated disorderly conduct, Ciaccia said. He was taken back to a hospital in the area after complaining of chest pain, Ciaccia said. He will be placed in Cuyahoga County Prison after his release.
Graham has been on restricted service since his arrest around 1 pm Monday at the airport.
Graham was drunk and hostile towards passengers and airport employees, according to court records. According to court records and a statement from the airline, he was not allowed to take his JetBlue flight to Boston because he was drunk.
"The customer was re-booked on a flight waiting for crew assessment," said JetBlue's statement. "After their withdrawal, the client became disruptive in the door area and local law enforcement responded.
Graham returned to the airport Tuesday around 7 am for a flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to the police and the airline's statement. Ciaccia said the police had indicated that it seemed that Graham was drunk.
Airport staff "assessed" Graham before allowing him to board the plane, the airline said. Graham climbed into the plane, which began to roll on the runway.
During the taxi, Graham did not follow the safety instructions and caused a "disturbance", the statement said. The plane is returned to the boarding gate. Graham was dropped, arrested and reimbursed, the statement said.
He was driven from the airport to a hospital in the area after complaining of chest pains, Ciaccia said. No other details have been published about the incident.
Graham is a 30-year veteran firefighter who earns $ 90,542 in annual salary. He is scheduled to appear before the Cleveland City Court on Wednesday for his indictment.