A Secret Service agent in Decorah in advance of President Barack Obama's August visit was sentenced in Winneshiek County District Court Friday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Daniel Valencia, 40, of Washington, D.C., was arrested by a Decorah Police officer on patrol at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Aug. 13. The president was in Decorah Aug. 15 as part of a three-day Midwestern bus trip.

Valencia was represented Friday by his attorney, Karl Knudson of Decorah. The attorney filed court documents withdrawing his client's not guilty plea and entering his written Alford plea. Under an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit to the crime but maintains evidence exits, which could result in prosecution.

Valencia was sentenced to two days in jail, with credit for time served after his arrest. He may serve the sentence by successfully completing an OWI weekend program in Iowa, which includes the IDOT required OWI offender's drinking drivers course.

He was fined $1,250 plus a statutory surcharge if $437. One-half the fine plus related surcharge will be waived if the defendant presents a temporary restricted license to the clerk of court within 30 days of his sentencing order.

In addition, Valencia was ordered to pay all other applicable fees and surcharges, and court costs.

According to an affidavit, Valencia was off duty and driving on Water Street when he ran a red light. He was stopped by a police officer who said he could smell a "strong odor" of an alcoholic beverage on Valencia's breath and that his eyes were bloodshot and watery. When asked if he had been drinking, Valencia allegedly responded he had two drinks.

The officer proceeded with standardized field sobriety testing and found Valencia showed signs of impairment.

Valencia refused a preliminary breath test and was arrested and transported to the Winneshiek County Jail.