Marine on Okinawa faces drunken driving charge following motorcycle collision
Stars and Stripes April 18, 2023
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japanese police say a U.S. Marine was driving under the influence of alcohol early Monday when his motorcycle crashed into a taxi on Okinawa.
Cpl. Lawson Little, 23, an administrative specialist with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1 at Camp Foster, was arrested at 7:27 a.m. after a collision on Route 58 in Urasoe city, a spokesman for the Okinawa prefectural police told Stars and Stripes by phone Tuesday.
The Georgia resident was treated for a broken left wrist prior to his arrest and was still in custody Tuesday at the Urasoe police station, the spokesman said.
A breath test measured Little’s blood-alcohol content at 0.12%, four times Japan’s legal driving limit of 0.03%, the spokesman said. By comparison, all 50 U.S. states have set 0.08% as the legal limit for driving under the influence or driving while impaired.
Some government spokespeople in Japan are required to speak to the media only on condition of anonymity.
Little was southbound on his Honda CBR when he attempted a right turn across the northbound lane at 5:46 a.m. and struck the cab traveling in the opposite direction, the police spokesman said. The taxi’s only occupant, a 60-year-old man, was uninjured.
Police at the scene smelled alcohol on Little’s breath, the spokesman said.
Little told police his last drink was at least 24 hours prior to the incident, the spokesman said. Police plan to send the case to prosecutors for charges on Tuesday.
Little, a Marine for nearly four years, arrived in Okinawa almost three years ago, Maj. Rob Martins, a spokesman for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, said in an email Tuesday.
Martins said the allegations are “unbecoming” of Marine Corps standards and the service is cooperating with local authorities.