Two more U.S. servicemen nabbed for DUI on weekend

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Naha Police arrested two U.S. military service members on suspicion of DUI in separate incidents on Saturday and Sunday in Naha City.  This brings the number of U.S. military personnel arrested on suspicion of DUI to nine since May 30.

On Saturday, 30-year-old female U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class stationed on White Beach was arrested on suspicion of driving under influence on a street in Makishi, Naha City.

According to Naha Police, a police patrol stopped and questioned the woman who was driving a mini car, after they noticed that five men and women had been crammed into the small car.  The breathalyzer test showed alcohol exceeding the legal limit in her breath.

When questioned, she admitted to having drunk alcohol earlier but said, “I drank alcohol four hours ago, so I thought it had gone already” and denied the charges.  The four passengers who were in the car when the police patrol stopped it are all believed to be foreigners and ran away from the site while police questioned the driver.

Naha Police is investigating the passengers as well believing they knew the driver had drunk alcohol when they got into the car, which is a punishable offense under Japanese law.

On Sunday, Naha Police arrested 21-year-old Marine Corporal stationed on Camp Foster on a street in Izumizaki, Naha City.  The Marine has admitted to the charges.

A police patrol noticed a car that was stopped by the curb on Kokusai Street. When they approached, the car was suddenly started, and rushed onto the street around 8:20 a.m.  They stopped the car with the Marine at the wheel, smelled alcohol in the driver’s breath and arrested him.

There were three passengers in the car, two foreign females and one Marine.  The police are investigating the passengers as well on suspicion they rode in the car knowing the driver had drank alcohol before taking the wheel.

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