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NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — A Navy chief petty officer was dropped a pay rate after admitting during a court-martial hearing Wednesday that he was drunk when he backed his vehicle into a pier security barricade.

Chief Petty Officer Nikita R. Riles, an information technician in Rota, pleaded guilty to driving with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.21, more than twice the legal limit.

He told the Navy judge, Capt. Dave White, that on June 19 he went bar-hopping with a friend, whose ship was making a port visit. After driving to the city of El Puerto de Santa Maria and to another bar in Rota, he dropped his friend off at the base pier. When he put his Isuzu Rodeo in reverse to leave, he ran into the concrete barrier.

He stopped, surveyed the damage and drove away, he said. But security guards at the pier called base police, who apprehended Riles. Patrol officers testified that Riles was traveling around 60 mph down a main base road.

The defense attorney, Lt. Scott Stoebner, estimated Riles would lose $90,000 in retirement pay over a 20-year period because of the reduction. Riles, who joined the Navy at 17, is two years from retirement.

Two other related charges were dropped during the hearing.


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