Secret Service agent accused of attacking officer

Police: Aaron Engler drunkenly attacked Miami police officer

Published On: Oct 12 2012 12:00:58 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 14 2012 08:44:16 AM EDT
MIAMI -

A Secret Service agent is accused of drunkenly attacking a Miami police officer.

Aaron Engler was arrested on Friday morning.

According to police, an officer found Engler lying down at the corner of Southeast 7th Street and Brickell Avenue about 7 a.m.

The arrest report states that the officer asked Engler if he was okay but received no response. When Engler did respond, he first refused to get up from the ground.

Eventually, Engler walked with the officer to his patrol car, said police.

According to the arrest report, Engler's eyes were bloodshot, he smelled like alcohol, and had slurred speech.

While the officer was patting Engler down, police said Engler began arguing and throwing his arms around.

When the officer tried to handcuff Engler, Engler hit him in the face and tensed his arms so he couldn't be handcuffed, according to the report. The officer stated he had to force Engler to the ground, where Engler hit him again in the face, before he could successfully handcuff him.

Engler was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence.

Miami police said Engler had been released to members of the Secret Service's Miami field office.

The Secret Service in Washington said the case will be turned over to the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility.

A law enforcement official said Engler was assigned to the agency's uniformed division and was in Miami in a support role while the president was visiting. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the officer's job with the agency.

On Thursday evening, President Barack Obama attended a fundraiser a few blocks away at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The incident comes after several Secret Service agents were accused of unprofessional conduct while in Colombia.