An officer responds to a name on this undated picture offered by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Company. (Seoul Metropolitan Police Company)
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — An American airman stationed in South Korea is underneath suspicion of driving underneath the affect after crashing right into a parked automotive and making an attempt to flee the scene, native police mentioned.
A 42-year-old technical sergeant assigned to Osan Air Base is underneath investigation from the Gangnam Police Station in Seoul, a senior police officer informed Stars and Stripes by cellphone Tuesday. The officer declined to supply the service member’s identify as a result of nation’s identification safety legal guidelines.
Police mentioned the airman is suspected of hitting a parked automotive in a backstreet of a neighborhood procuring space frequented by foreigners and younger adults at round 8:55 p.m. Friday. The proprietor of the parked automotive, an unnamed Korean man, drove after the service member whereas calling the police.
“I’m chasing a hit-and-run foreigner,” the caller mentioned, based on the senior police officer.
Authorities apprehended the airman roughly 10 minutes after the crash, the police officer mentioned, including that the service member was compliant however had “a lot alcohol on his breath.”
When regulation enforcement officers tried to manage a sobriety take a look at, the airman refused, based on the police. U.S. Forces Korea navy police took custody of him shortly after his arrest and the command “has been cooperating nicely with us,” the police officer mentioned.
The police division will ahead its investigation to the prosecutor’s workplace, based on the police officer. The airman is underneath suspicion of violating the nation’s Highway Visitors Act, which requires drivers to take a sobriety take a look at from a police officer “as a way to decide whether or not that particular person is intoxicated.”
USFK, which oversees roughly 28,500 troops on the Korean Peninsula, requires its personnel to abide by native legal guidelines outdoors of a navy base. Driving privileges might be revoked for one yr if a suspect “was lawfully apprehended for drunk driving and refused to undergo or full a take a look at to find out blood alcohol content material,” based on the command’s protected driving handbook revealed in August.
The seventh Air Pressure, headquartered at Osan, in an announcement Wednesday mentioned it was conducting an investigation and “is not going to present any feedback or statements” till the investigation is full.
“We stay dedicated to being good neighbors with our host nation and sustaining a robust [South Korea-U.S.] alliance,” the general public affairs workplace mentioned within the assertion.