Three Secret Service agents sent to the Netherlands to protect President Barack Obama were sent back home this week after a wild night of drinking.
One of the agents was discovered drunkenly passed out in a hotel hallway, three sources familiar with the incident told the Washington Post.
The incident took place at the Huis Ter Duin Hotel in Noordwijk on Sunday morning, a day before Obama arrived. Noordwijk is a resort town 15 minutes outside The Hague, where the president gave a speech on Tuesday.
Hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands, which alerted Secret Service managers, including agency director Julia Pierson.
Ed Donovan, spokesman for the Secret Service, said Tuesday evening that the agency “did send three employees home for disciplinary reasons.”
The three agents, who are members of the Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team, are now on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Agents are forbidden to drink within 10 hours of an assignment.
The Secret Service adopted the new rules after an April 2012 scandal in Cartegena, Colombia, during which a dozen agents and officers brought prostitutes to their hotel ahead of the president’s arrival for an economic summit.
Eleven agents were pulled from detail and lost their security clearances, and 12 military personnel were cited.