Airman arrested for drunk driving, causing accident

A 41-year-old American stationed at Kadena Air Base is in Japanese custody, charged with causing an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol.

The arrest of Eric Simmons came about 11:30 p.m. Sunday after he allegedly crashed into a mini-vehicle at a crossroads in Uruma City.  An Okinawa police spokesman says Simmons tested at 1.01 milliliter per liter of alcohol in his system, about six times the legal limit.

This is the latest in a string of American servicemen-related arrests, and this one was also after the 11 p.m. curfew.  The 11 p.m. curfew was imposed last October after two sailors were arrested and charged with raping a young woman in Okinawa City.  The curfew runs 11 p.m. ~ 5 a.m.

Simmons, who lives off base, told police he was on his way to work at the time of the accident, and that he was not in breach of the curfew.