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US Secret Service Agent Charged with Resisting Arrest

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

A United States Secret Service agent was found passed out on a sidewalk in Miami after President Obama left Florida on the morning of Friday, Oct 12. Police woke up Secret Service agent Aaron Engler, who immediately began throwing his arms as he tried to fight back against the officers, around 7AM.

Once the officers had the man in handcuffs, they discovered that he was a U.S. Secret Service agent. Engler was arrested and charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence. Both of the offenses are misdemeanors.

A.R.S. 13-2508 states that a person is guilty of resisting arrest if that person:

  1. Uses or threatens the use of physical force against a police officer.
  2. Uses other means to create a substantial risk of causing injury to a police officer.
  3. Engages in passive resistance.

Engler violated paragraph 3 under the resisting arrest statute and could face up to 6 months in jail.

This case is proof that no one is above the law. Even the men and women who are sworn to protect the President of the United States will be punished for their crimes, no matter how miniscule.

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