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University professor charged with drunk driving, causing an accident

Date Posted: 2011-06-30

A University of the Ryukyus professor has been arrested for crashing into a car at an intersection while driving drunk in the afternoon.

Naha City Police say Shigeo Kawahira was driving his car through Ishimine district of Shuri after drinking. The 61-year-old professor lost control of his car at the intersection with Prefectural Road 29, crashing into another vehicle. The driver of the other car suffered abdominal injuries, but was not hurt seriously.

A University of the Ryukyus trustee in charge of general affairs, Takayuki Ide, condemned the professor’s violation of the Road Traffic Law. “If the case is true,” he said, “it is a regrettable matter, and we will deal strictly with the case under investigation.

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