2nd ID takes custody of soldier arrested in dispute over bar bill
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A 2nd Infantry Division soldier is back in U.S. military custody Monday after being arrested by South Korean police late Sunday night in Itaewon, 8th Army officials confirmed.
South Korean police officials said Spc. Jeffrey Allen Hayden was arguing with the staff at the Goldfish Bar about how much he would pay for beer he had ordered and consumed.
Another foreigner exited the bar and asked Korean National Police and U.S. military police for assistance, according to detective Kim Young-dae.
Hayden refused their request to show identification, Kim said, and in an ensuing altercation the soldier kicked one soldier and bit a South Korean police officer.
According to 8th Army officials, Hayden was arrested and accused of drunk and disorderly conduct, failure to present proper identification, resisting arrest, damage to private and government property and assaulting both Korean National Police and military police personnel in the performance of their official duties.
Military police transported Hayden back to U.S. custody after he was processed at the South Korean police station, according to U.S. officials.
South Korean police said they will question Hayden again on Wednesday. And 8th Army officials said an investigation is ongoing.