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12/03/2015 12:57 GMT | Updated 12/03/2015 12:59 GMT

Secret Service Agents Probed For 'Drunk Crash Into White House Gates'

A pair of President Barack Obama's Secret Service agents are being investigated for allegedly crashing a vehicle into a White House barricade after attending a party.

The agents, identified by the Washington Post as Mark Connolly, the second-in-command on Obama's detail, and George Ogilvie, a senior supervisor in the Washington field office, have reportedly been reassigned to "non-supervisory, non-operational assignments".

A spokesperson for the Secret Service told the BBC the crash occurred on 4 March at around 10:30pm local time.

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Mark Connolly, left, is being investigated for the alleged incident

Witnesses claim to have seen the officers driving a car with emergency lights flashing and showing their badges in an attempt to gain access to the secure grounds of the White House.

The men were not allowed into the area due to a previous security alert surrounding a suspicious package, and at that point they drove into the barriers and through some security tape.

It is illegal to use emergency lights on a government vehicle without a security reason, and agents are bound by law to not drive after consuming any alcohol.

RECENT SECRET SERVICE BLUNDERS

March 2014: Agent found passed out drunk in a hallway of a Dutch hotel, unable to make it back to his room.

Agents are forbidden to drink alcohol in the 10 hours leading up to an assignment.

October 2014: First female head of the Secret Service resigns over security breaches which saw an armed man allowed into an elevator with the President and a man with a knife jump the fence and enter the building.

January 2015: Secret Service agent drunkenly crashes surveillance drone on White House lawn, causes security alert.

Agents on duty reportedly wanted to arrest Connolly and Ogilvie, but were told to let them go home by a supervisor.

The agency's new director Joseph P. Clancy said the incident will be investigated by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general because it involves such senior officials.

"If misconduct is identified, appropriate action will be taken based on established rules and regulations," agency spokesman Brian Leary said.

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