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Police: Drunk traveler arrested, pepper-sprayed after fight at Orlando airport

Posted: 5:22 AM, Oct 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-23 09:22:41Z
Police: Drunk traveler arrested, pepper-sprayed after fight at Orlando airport

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an intoxicated Utah man was pepper-sprayed and arrested at a Florida airport after fighting with an airline employee and a police officer.

The Orlando Sentinel  reports that 45-year-old Brandon Strong was charged Sunday with battery on a law enforcement officer and several other counts.

Police say a JetBlue employee at Orlando International Airport told Strong he wouldn't be able to travel after watching the stumbling man harass a woman.

A physical confrontation began as the man tried to board a plane. Police say the officer arrived and another confrontation ensued, prompting the officer to use pepper spray.

Officials say Strong was eventually handcuffed with the help of other travelers and a JetBlue supervisor.

Strong remained jailed Monday. Jail records didn't list an attorney.