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Police officer nabbed for drunk driving

Date Posted: 2001-05-10

A 43-year-old Prefectural Police officer was arrested for driving under influence of alcohol early Wednesday morning, May 2, in Okinawa City, after he crashed into another car.

According to a police investigation, the suspect had gone to social drinking party with his colleagues in Naha City. After the party he returned home to Okinawa City by taxi. He then got into his car and drove off to see his friend in Chatan, but collided with another car on the way. The driver of the other car suffered an injury to his mouth and had his front teeth broken. When the police arrived to investigate the accident they smelled alcohol in the police officer’s breath, and subsequently administered a breath analyzer test that showed that he had alcohol in his blood. They arrested the suspect and he was sent to Naha District Court the next day on charge of violation of the Road Traffic Law. He was also dismissed from the police force effective immediately. His superiors apologized the public for one of their own betraying public trust.

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