The Obama administration is investigating a pair of senior Secret Service agents who allegedly crashed a car into White House security barricades after drinking at a party, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
One agent under investigation is a “top member” of President Barack Obama’s security detail, according to the Post, which cited an anonymous agency official.
The agents under investigation are Mark Connolly, the second-in-command of Obama’s detail, and George Ogilvie, who serves as a senior supervisor in the Secret Service’s Washington Field office, according to the Post.
The incident happened a week ago and was witnessed by officers on duty, the Post reported. The officers reportedly wanted to arrest the agents but were told by a supervisor to let them go home.
The investigation was confirmed by United States Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary who said the agency was “aware of the allegations of misconduct involving two of our employees.” Leary refused to say which specific allegations were being investigated.
The investigation will be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general. The Post also said the White House was aware of the allegations and that steps were “being taken by the Secret Service to ensure that the incident is thoroughly investigated.”
Last year, the Post reported extensively on how a man made it over the White House fence and deep into the building while carrying a knife before being tackled by an off-duty agent.