Firefighter arrested on suspicion of DUI

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Naha Police arrested a man who works as a firefighter at the Western Okinawa Fire Department headquarters on suspicion of DUI, Monday.

According to police, 51-year-old Hayashi Shimabukuro, a resident of Naha, was arrested on suspicion of driving a mini motorcycle under influence of alcohol in the Kumoji district of Naha City about 5:30 in the morning on Dec. 5th. A breathalyzer test showed 1.2 times the limit of alcohol in Shimabukuro’s breath.

Shimabukuro admitted having had a few beers the night before, but said “I thought it was gone already.”

The Western Okinawa Fire Department headquarters issued a statement saying, “We deeply apologize for this incident. The fire department is an organization dedicated to saving citizens’ lives, but this incident detracts citizens’ trust in us very much. We will try as much as possible to prevent a recurrence, and get back people’s trust.”

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