Drunken prosecutor flashed badge, Miami Beach police say

07/29/2013 12:59 PM

07/30/2013 8:32 AM

A 26-year-old Miami-Dade prosecutor flashed his law enforcement badge during a drunken tirade against police and a South Beach nightclub bouncer, according to an arrest report released Monday.

“We work on the same side,” Adam Finkel told a police officer early Sunday outside Purdy Lounge, according to the report, later repeating: “You have no right or authority to tell me what to do.”

Finkel was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly intoxication, trespassing after warning and resisting without violence.

The New York-native, who has been a Miami-Dade prosecutor for one year, has been suspended without pay, according to a state attorney’s spokesman.

According to Miami Beach police, an officer working off-duty security at the club, 1811 Purdy Ave, saw Finkel trying to get past the line just past 2 a.m. A bouncer told him to leave.

The officer, Alfredo Alvarez, tried to escort the prosecutor away, asking him repeatedly to leave.

But Finkel “continued to push me and tell me he is the one who dictates how things will go,” according to Alvarez’s report. Finkel, the officer said, repeatedly stressed that he had been a prosecutor “for over a year.”

Finkel had blood-shot eyes and slurred speech, suggesting he was drunk, Alvarez noted. After struggling against being handcuffed, Finkel was taken to the police station.

“You did the right thing, officer, and you did exactly as you were supposed to,” Finkel told Alvarez, according to the officer.

Finkel is the third young prosecutor to get in trouble this year.

In May, 29-year-old prosecutor Caycie Flitman resigned after she was arrested after police say she left the scene of a traffic accident in Coconut Grove.

In February, prosecutor Ari Pregen, 30, was fired after flashing his badge to try to get into a downtown strip club for free, and avoid a surcharge for a lap dance.

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