US Air Marshals Who Busted Judge's Wife Flee Brazil
Their passports were confiscated after restraining drunk
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2010 1:40 AM CDT
The incident occurred earlier this month on a Continental flight from Houston, Texas, to Rio de Janeiro.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer, file)

(Newser) – Two US air marshals who were charged with assault and had their passports confiscated after arresting a judge's drunk wife on a flight to Brazil used alternate travel documents to flee the country, sources tell CNN. The woman, the wife of a prominent Brazilian judge, bit one of the marshals and was handcuffed after they tried to stop her from helping herself to drinks from the galley, the sources say.

The marshals—who had been ordered to stay in Brazil and return to court a week later—decided to flee the country and let US and Brazilian authorities settle the matter rather than stay and face what they believe were trumped-up charges, according to a source. The TSA, when asked about the incident, confirmed that a "disruptive passenger" had been confronted by marshals on a Continental Airlines flight and that US officials are working to resolve "an issue" with their Brazilian counterparts.