DECORAH, IOWA – A Secret Service special agent was arrested and charged with drunk
driving last weekend in Decorah ahead of President Obama’s visit to
Police said Daniel L. Valencia, 40, of Washington, D.C., ran a red
light about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, and an officer pulled him over.
He was alone in the vehicle. Police said his eyes were bloodshot and
watery and he smelled strongly of alcohol. Valencia told a police
officer he had had two drinks that night.
After a field sobriety test, an officer decided Valencia was too
intoxicated to drive. Valencia refused to take a preliminary breath
test, and refused to give a breath sample at the jail. He was then
charged with operating while intoxicated.
He was released from jail Monday, according to court documents.
George Ogilvie, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said the law
enforcement agency is aware of the charges against Valencia and has
turned the matter over to its Office of Professional Responsibility. He
declined to say what Valencia was doing in Decorah.
President Obama visited Decorah on Monday night and spoke in Peosta, just west of Dubuque, on Tuesday.