Police: Ramstein civilian in car accident was 6 times over legal alcohol limit
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A 51-year-old male civilian employee assigned to Ramstein Air Base was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday evening on the A62 highway near Landstuhl, local police and base officials said Tuesday.
The man registered a blood alcohol level of 0.30 percent, police said, which is six times the legal limit in Germany.
The driver lost control of his vehicle while passing another car as he attempted to take the exit for the A6 autobahn, Kaiserslautern police said Tuesday. The vehicle skidded off the road and into a wooded area, where it hit a tree, police said.
The driver, whose name was not released in accordance with German law, was trapped in the wreckage and had to be extricated by the Ramstein-Miesenbach Volunteer Fire Department, according to a Kaiserslautern police statement.
The driver was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries, the statement said. Information on any charges against the driver was unavailable Tuesday.
There was no passenger in the car at the time, Ramstein base officials said Tuesday.
The civilian’s car was not registered and U.S. military police confiscated his driver’s license, Kaiserslautern police said.