Man arrested at Grapevine bar, accused of impersonating fire marshal

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A man posing as a fire marshal was arrested this past weekend in Grapevine after police say he tried to avoid paying a $10 cover charge and get free drinks at the Glass Cactus, a nightclub at the Gaylord Texan.

Charles Brandon, 43, who lives in the Denton County community of Savannah, faces a charge of public intoxication and impersonating a public servant. He was free Monday after posting $3,700 bail shortly after his arrest early Sunday.

Brandon is accused of claiming to be a fire marshal with Dallas County Fire and Rescue, and flashed a badge to employees at the Glass Cactus and a Grapevine fire official.

Brandon was first spotted at the Glass Cactus on New Year's Eve.

"Grapevine's fire marshal was there that night when someone said that there was another Grapevine fire marshal already there," Grapevine police officer Sam Shemwell said on Monday. "The city's fire marshal found him, contacted him and asked him about it. He said at the time that they just misunderstood him and that he never said he was from Grapevine. He said he was from Dallas County and showed a badge. The real fire marshal was so busy that once he saw the badge, he just went on with his work that night."

Early Sunday, when the Grapevine fire marshal was there again, Glass Cactus employees told the fire official that the "other" fire marshal was also at the bar.

"The suspect was again contacted and showed the badge," Shemwell said.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday the Grapevine fire marshal called Grapevine police.

Once officers found him in the Glass Cactus, Brandon was escorted out of the bar and confessed that he wasn't a fire marshal. Employees also told authorities that Brandon had been to the club several times.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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