U.S. servicemen arrested on consecutive days

December 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 28, a Marine corporal was arrested in Naha on trespassing charges, and the next day, on December 29, Naha Police arrested a Marine lance corporal on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The lance corporal’s vehicle collided with a motorbike ridden by an Okinawan man. According to the police, a breath test indicated that the suspect had four times the legal limit of alcohol (breath alcohol concentration of 0.15 milligrams per liter) in his system. On the same day, the police station handed the Marine corporal suspected of having entered the veranda of an apartment on December 28, over to the Naha District Prosecutor’s Office. That these incidents involving U.S. servicemen occurred on consecutive days is likely to cause Okinawan people to further criticize the U.S. military for not preventing crimes and incidents involving their personnel.

According to the police, they arrested a 24 year-old serviceman from the Marine Corps’ Makiminato Service Area in Urasoe on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The police said he remained silent during questioning. The man on the motorbike suffered slight injuries, complaining of pain in his legs. At around 5:25pm, the suspect allegedly drove a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol the wrong way up a one-way street in the Kumoji district of Naha and collided with the man riding the motorbike. A passerby who witnessed the accident reported it to the police. They confirmed that alcohol was involved, and immediately arrested the Marine lance corporal.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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