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CMSD supervisor finds booze and badge don't mix

Kendall Fortson (Source: Highland Hills Police) Kendall Fortson (Source: Highland Hills Police)

Kendall Fortson, a regional security supervisor for Cleveland Schools, was recently arrested for drunk driving. It was his sixth DUI arrest.

On December 21, 2013, a Highland Hills police officer saw Fortson make a left hand turn from Richmond Road onto Harvard. One problem, he turned into the lane for oncoming traffic. Police say the car smelled of booze, and there was a cup inside containing more. Fortson failed field sobriety tests and blew 2.5 times the legal limit. A loaded gun was also found in the car.

19 Action News Reporter Paul Orlousky has learned that Fortson's personnel file is over an inch thick. But what is more interesting is his disciplinary file. It details earlier arrests for drunk driving, reckless operation and criminal trespass.

Orlousky found that when Fortson was arrested in Willoughby Hills for DUI back in 2003, only a tip to the school district allowed higher ups to find out. He had no license and continued to patrol in district vehicles. He was convicted, sentenced to three years and resigned. He got early release after just a few months. He wasn't immediately hired back, but was put back on the CMSD payroll in 2006.

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