Secret Service agent caught on tape driving recklessly

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A United States Secret Service agent has been placed on leave after investigators say he was caught on tape driving recklessly and "blue lighting" drivers on Interstate 77.

According to the Secret Service field office in Charlotte, the incident happened on Sunday, May 20th in Charlotte.

The on-duty agent was driving in a black Dodge Charger along the interstate when he was caught on camera speeding, driving recklessly and flashing his blue lights at other drivers on the road. At one point, the video shows the agent crossing in front of another driver and slamming on his brakes.

The video was later posted on YouTube.

The man shooting the video is following the Secret Service agent on southbound Interstate 77 through Charlotte.

At one point, the man's speedometer hits 80 miles per hour and he still has trouble keeping up with the federal agent.

"Now he's pulling the guy over," says the videographer. "I don't know if you saw that he got in front of the guy and slammed on his brakes."

When the SUV the agent acts like he is going to pull over slows down, the agent swerves onto an off ramp to get on Interstate 485.

The car follows the Secret Service agent off the interstate and down a rural road where both cars exceed 90 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.

According to Russell Nelson, the Special Agent in Charge, the vehicle is a United States Secret Service vehicle.

"The vehicle was being operated by an on-duty employee of the Secret Service, who has since been placed on administrative leave," Special Agent Nelson told WBTV.

An investigation is underway, Russell told WBTV.

"This incident has been referred to our Office of Professional Responsibility in Washington, D.C. which serves as the agency's internal affairs component," he said.

Anyone with information concerning the incident should call the Secret Service Public Affairs office at (202) 406-5708."

The man shooting the video admits in his YouTube post that in order to follow the agent he had to brake the law, which no one should do.

"I actually wasn't speeding when he first started to tailgate him either. I didn't brake check anyone, I didn't swerve in and out of traffic with no turn signals or lights, and I was going considerably slower than him - I couldn't safely keep up," the man wrote.

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