On Aug. 21, the Naha Police arrested on the spot a 22-year-old U.S. Navy sailor affiliated with Camp Hansen on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Act (driving under the influence of alcohol) by driving a standard-size passenger car while drunk. According to the police, the suspect is partially denying the allegation, saying, “I thought the alcohol had left my system.”
The suspect was arrested on charges of driving a passenger car on a stretch of route 58 in the Tomari district of Naha City at around 6:54 a.m. on Aug. 21 under the influence of alcohol at a level more than four times the legal limit (0.15 mg/liter).
The police officer had earlier received an emergency telephone notification of a hit-and-run incident. He was searching the area and noticed a vehicle that resembled the description provided by the caller. The officer stopped the driver [who was the sailor affiliated with Camp Hansen] and questioned him. The police are looking into a possible connection between the suspect and the hit-and-run incident. (Personal name has been redacted.)