A hit-and-run case involving a USS Patriot sailor was referred on Monday to the Nagasaki District Public Prosecutors Office in Sasebo, according to local Japanese police.

Petty Officer 1st Class Regulo Guzman Jr., 29, was charged Saturday on suspicion of rear-ending a car and leaving the scene, a Nagasaki Prefectural police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Guzman was driving at about 7:35 p.m. on a highway in Hiu cho when his car rear-ended another driven by a 31-year-old Japanese man, the spokesman said.

The Japanese man had slowed down to avoid hitting another car. He suffered a cervical vertebrae sprain, a Sasebo police spokesman said.

Guzman stopped and got out of his car, but then left the scene, Sasebo police said. Later, police located him and the sailor voluntarily accompanied them to the station for questioning, police said.

From staff reports

Boy Scouts to retire old flagsYONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Boy Scouts from Yongsan Garrison’s Troop 80 will gather unserviceable flags Saturday and conduct a “retirement ceremony” later that day, officials said.

Scouts will collect unserviceable flags between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Main Post Exchange, the commissary and the Chosun Gift Shop. They will then burn them during a 5 p.m. ceremony at the Camp Coiner softball field. The public is invited to attend the event.

SAHS plans charity fashion showYONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Seoul American High School’s student council will hold a charity fashion show at 7 p.m. March 23 in the school auditorium.

The “Project Darfur” event is to feature students modeling clothing based on the theme “The Four Seasons.”

Between runway walks, a slideshow will be displayed depicting scenes of the crisis in Darfur, Sudan — where hundreds of thousands are believed to have been killed and millions displaced in an ongoing ethnic conflict.

Money raised by the $5 admission fee will be donated to the humanitarian organization CARE’s mission in Darfur.

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