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AMBERG, Germany — About a month after the U.S. Army started late night patrols to cut down on the number of fights between soldiers and local Germans, a 2nd Cavalry (Stryker) Regiment soldier was taken into custody Thursday following an altercation with a German man.

“Yesterday, we had an incident in Amberg by involving of a member of the ‘Stryker-Unit,’ ” Peter Kramer, a member of the Amberg police, wrote in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes.

According to an Amberg police news release, a group of three U.S. soldiers got into a verbal altercation with a group of Germans on Bahnhofstrasse in Amberg. During the altercation, a 23-year-old U.S. soldier punched a 24-year-old German in the left cheek, the release stated. The name of the soldier was not released.

The German police were called to the scene and took the U.S. soldier into custody. He was found to have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 1.56 milligrams per milliliter, the release stated. In Germany, a driver who has a BAC of .8 milligrams per milliliter is considered legally drunk.

The German police handed the soldier over the the military police.

Last month, the U.S. military started late-night patrols in the Vilseck area in an effort to prevent brawls between 2nd Cavalry (Stryker) Regiment soldiers and local Germans. Amberg is about 15 miles from Vilseck.

The patrols were put into effect after a group of 10 U.S. soldiers were involved a brawl with eight Germans in downtown Amberg. German police officials say the soldiers used retractable clubs during the brawl, which sent three Germans to the hospital. German police have concluded the attack was unprovoked, Hans Peter Klinger of the Amberg police told Stars and Stripes in November.

It was the latest in a string of incidents since the 2nd Cavalry Regiment soldiers relocated to Germany from Fort Lewis, Wash., earlier this year, Vilseck Mayor Hans-Martin Schertl said in a November interview.

Other alleged incidents include an assault by soldiers in Vilseck in late August, and again on Oct. 22, Schertl said. The August incident resulted in a German man being taken to the hospital, he said.

Stryker soldiers also were arrested for allegedly breaking the glass at an off-post business on May 22, causing 1,500 euros’ worth of damage.

Calls to the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr public affairs office went unanswered Saturday afternoon.


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