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City hall security describes a drunk Ford on St. Patrick's Day last year

Mayor Rob Ford dances with revellers at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival on Aug. 3, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu

An email written by a city hall security guard describes an incident on St. Patrick’s Day last year when Mayor Rob Ford appeared drunk and visibly upset.

The letter describes how Ford left city hall with an entourage just after 11 p.m. on March 17, 2012, and returned around 2 a.m. the next day.

“It was quite evident that he was very intoxicated as he had problems walking, was sweating profusely and was swearing at [his chief of staff] Earl Provost,” the email read.

Around 2:30 a.m., the security guard said, Ford went down to the security desk with a half-empty bottle of brandy and said someone had stolen his car and he was going to call police.

The security guard reminded Ford he had gotten a ride to city hall that evening and that his car was at home.

“At this time he realized that nobody had stolen his vehicle and disregarded the idea of calling the police,” the security guard said.

The email continues to say Ford was upset and started to yell and swear and made “alarming” allegations. But he allowed security to call him a taxi.

“We did our best at keeping him away from the public eye due to his condition,” the email said.

Read the email below.

City hall security email