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DEA Agent Accused of Tapping Sheriff’s Deputy on the Head During DUI Stop

Agent taps the sheriff’s deputy on the head.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A DEA undercover agent in Florida is accused of tapping a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy on the head during a DUI stop last December, the Palm Beach Post reports.

The agent apparently became frustrated during a field sobriety test.

“You’re under arrest for DUI,” PBSO deputy Patrick Zeitz said. Then, “You’re lucky I’m not charging you with something stupid like Batt-Leo.”  Batt-Leo is battery on a law-enforcement officer, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison, the paper explains.

“You, as somebody who does this profession, should know better,” Zeitz said.

“You’re right,” Brendan D’Arcangelo said. “You’re right, bro.”

The DEA has refused to say whether he is still employed at the agency.

He faces four counts of DUI with damage to property or a person, first-degree misdemeanors each punishable by up to a year in jail. A plea conference is set for April 5.

The paper reports that D’Arcangelo’s pickup slammed into two vehicles stopped at a red light. No one was seriously injured.

FBI Agent Who Ran Sex Crimes Task Force Accused of Abusing His Authority

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who operated a sex crimes task force in Georgia is accused of using his position to get out of at least three drunken driving investigations, CBS in Atlanta reports.

Ken Hillman, who ran the northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, abused his authority while being pulled over on suspicions of DUI, according to defense attorney McCracken Poston, who represents some of the child abuse suspects.

Poston showed a dash cam video as evidence.

“Because of his badge and his connections he got out of at least three instances when he should have been investigated for driving under the influence. Maybe more,” Poston told CBS in Atlanta.

Judge Dismisses DUI Charges Because Border Patrol Unlawfully Held Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Vermont woman who was charged with drunken driving will walk away after a judge ruled the U.S. Border Patrol held her illegally, the Associated Press reports.

Judge Howard Van Benthuysen said Border Patrol agents did not have the right to take Meaghan Leary’s keys from her, which effectively forced her to wait 53 minutes for a state trooper to arrive, the AP wrote.

The judge said agents never gave Leary a lawful reason for holding her.

FBI Investigates Special Agent After Police Say He Used Badge to Avoid Arrest

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating one of its own after he allegedly used his badge to avoid arrest for drunken driving in Georgia, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

Fort Oglethorpe police say Special Agent Ken Hillman received special treatment after getting pulled over for drinking and driving.

For the first time, the FBI acknowledged its investigating Hillman, who also is under fire for allowing a civilian to work on the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Free Press wrote.

“The FBI is aware of the allegations made against one of our special agents and we have launched an investigation into those allegations,” agency spokesman Stephen Emmett told the Free Press.

FBI Probing Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Accused of Lying During Testimony in Drunken-Driving Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper appears to be under FBI investigation after a judge revealed she lied during testimony in a drunken-driving case, KUTV reports.

The question is whether Trooper Lisa Steed, who has been fired, violated the civil rights of the person accused in the DUI, KUTV reported.

At least one witness has been questioned by the FBI .

Former FBI Agent Goes on Trial in Fatal Drunken Driving Crash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

 Jury selection is to begin Monday in Prince George’s County, Md., in suburban D.C.  for a former FBI agent accused of causing a drunken driving crash that killed an 18-year-old in February 2011, the Washington Examiner reports.

Adrian N. Johnson, who was dismissed from the bureau shortly after the accident, faces nine charges, including vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Johnson is accused of driving drunk in Brandywine, Md.,  when his car veered into oncoming traffic and struck a vehicle driven by Lawrence Garner Jr., the Washington Examiner reported.

Johnson, who was off duty at the time, had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit to drive, prosecutors allege.