Secret Service Agents Were Suspected of Driving Drunk in Miami
The Secret Service is once again in some not-so-secret shit. Two years after the agency was humiliated when 11 members were sent home from Colombia after using local prostitutes, three more agents were removed from duty in The Netherlands this week when a 34-year-old officer was discovered unconscious 10 feet outside his hotel room.
But it seems the force's latest trouble actually started three weeks ago right here in Miami, when the president visited Coral Reef High School. The Washington Post reports that during the president's trip here on March 7, two counter-sniper officers were involved in a car crash and suspected of drinking.
Update: The collision actually occurred in Islamorada, and the agents' rental car had to be towed afterward.
The driver apparently passed a field-sobriety test and faced no charges, but the incident, previously unreported, was still potentially embarrassing enough for the agency's supervisor to issue a high alert for members to be on their best behavior during the Amsterdam trip.
There's little other information available about the March 7 car crash. Miami police, while not denying the incident, tell Riptide they have so far been unable to locate an incident report connected to the accident. Secret Service Public Affairs hasn't returned our call on the matter.
Whatever happened, the service might want to just go ahead and implement a curfew for its officers when they visit fun-loving Miami. Back in 2012, after Obama gave an address at the University of Miami, an agent was found passed out along Brickell avenue. The officer was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arresting then, although the charges were later dropped.
Update: The Miami Herald is reporting that the March 7 collision occurred at 2 a.m. in Islamorada when the agents, driving a rented Dodge Caravan, were smashed by a Publix truck at 35 miles per hour as they tried to cross U.S. 1 to enter the Cheeca Lodge & Spa resort. The agents did not have their headlights on, the Herald reports, and the driver, 27-year-old Matthew Kyle Reyes, of Woodbridge, Virg., was given a ticket for failure to yield to right of way. Although the Florida Highway patrol officer "detected a slight odor of alcohol", Reyes passed a field-sobriety test and was not breathalized. The agents' car was later towed, with damages estimated above $10,000, and the two agents were sent home.
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