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2013 May 29 - June 4 [US FORCES]

Drunken US airman arrested in Okinawa for vandalizing car

June 3, 2013
Okinawa’s Ginowan Police on June 2 arrested a drunken U.S. airman for vandalizing a parked car.

The U.S. forces in Okinawa has imposed on all military personnel an off-base drinking ban since December 2012 in the wake of frequent alcohol offenses. The ban was partially relaxed on the day just before the incident happened.

The arrested man was a 22-year-old soldier stationed at the U.S. Kadena Air Base.

According to the police, at around half past five in the morning of that day, a neighbor at a timber merchant’s parking lot in Ginowan City reported to the police that a shirtless foreigner was banging up a car.

After arriving at the spot, police officers found the serviceman hitting the car owned by a 55-year-old man in Yomitan Village with a piece of lumber. The airman, reportedly intoxicated at the time of incident, had no memory of what he did, the police said.
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