Kevin Patrick Kenny, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security special agent, was apprehended on March 8th when local police officers in the Florida Keys noticed him driving erratically. Eventually, Kenny was taken into police custody for driving under the influence of alcohol in his unmarked law enforcement vehicle.
The incident began when a sheriff’s deputy witnessed the suspect going 20 mph under the posted speed limit. Driving under the speed limit is often a clear sign that the person is intoxicated. The deputy decided to keep an eye on the suspicious vehicle, so he began following it.
It’s unclear whether the suspect noticed the deputy’s vehicle, but he suddenly began increasing his speed until he was going 75 mph in a 55-mph area. According to the deputy, the special agent’s vehicle began “continuously failing to maintain a single lane.” The vehicle was allegedly straddling the lane divider, which reportedly forced at least one motorist off the road.
The tailing Monroe Sheriff’s Office deputy decided it was time to check on the driver’s status, so he flipped on his emergency lights to initiate the traffic stop. The officer was shocked when the car in front of him responded by turning on his own emergency lights.
The vehicle slowed to a stop, and it was quickly determined that the driver was a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The deputy was sympathetic to the agent’s cause, but Kenny was obviously impaired. Kenny failed several sobriety exercises, so police measured his blood alcohol level. While the legal limit is .08, Kenny’s was measured at a whopping .339. He was transported to the Marathon Jail and charged with DUI. The following morning, he was released on a $3,500 bond.