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Secret Service agent found drunk in street after Obama visit, Miami police say

MIAMI -- A Secret Service agent was arrested for disorderly intoxication in Miami early Friday after he was found passed out on a street hours after President Barack Obama left town, police said.

Aaron Francis Engler was arrested at 7 a.m. and also faces a charge of  resisting arrest without violence, according to Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes.

Engler was later released to members of the Secret Service's Miami Field Office, Reyes said. Officials at the office didn't immediately respond to calls for comment.


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According to an arrest report, an officer spotted Engler lying down on the northeast corner of Southeast 7th Street and Brickell Avenue.

When the officer approached the agent, he asked if he was ok and got no response, the report said. The officer was able to get Engler's attention and asked him to get off the ground but he refused, the report said.

The officer helped Engler get up, but he was having trouble standing. When the officer walked Engler to his patrol car, he saw the agent had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath, the report said.

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"The defendant started arguing with me and throwing his arms around while I was conducting a pat down," the officer noted in the report.

According to the report, motorists began stopping to watch as the officer told Engler to stop moving his arms around as he tried to handcuff him.

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At one point, Engler hit the officer's face and tensed his arm, pulling it away and not letting the officer handcuff him.

The officer directed Engler to the ground and tried to handcuff him again, but the agent tensed his arms again and pulled away.

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During the struggle, Engler turned himself on his back and hit the officer's chin with his open left hand, the report said.

The officer called for backup and two other officers arrived and were able to handcuff Engler, the report said.

The incident happened just hours after President Obama's visit to South Florida, where he attended a rally at the University of Miami and a fundraiser at the JW Marriott Marquis.