The Slatest

Drunk Secret Service Agents Crash Into White House Barrier  

As good as new. (Above: A Secret Service agent polishes President Obama’s limo during a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, May 8, 2014, in La Jolla, California.)

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The Washington Post on Wednesday reported what we’ll call: Why you wouldn’t want the Secret Service to babysit, Exhibit J. In what has already been a tough year in the judgment department for the unit assigned to, ahem, protect the president, Wednesday’s reports may just take the cake. But given the agency’s track record maybe not? You be the judge.

From the Post:

The administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of President Obama’s protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an agency official said Wednesday … Witnesses reported that the car’s overhead flashing lights had been activated and both agents were showing their badges to get through a section of the grounds that had been closed off due to an investigation of a suspicious package, according to the people familiar with the incident. The vehicle ran through security tape before hitting the barricades, which an agency official said had been set up temporarily during the investigation into the package.

The two agents under investigation are Mark Connolly, number two on the president’s security detail, and George Ogilvie, a supervisor in the Washington field office. Immediately after the March 4 incident, the Post reports officers on duty wanted to arrest and administer sobriety tests to the agents, but a supervisor ordered them to let the agents go home instead.