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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Yokota’s Fussa Gate will have to undergo repairs after an alleged drunken driver struck the gate, base officials said Thursday.

Around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, a 35-year-old Japanese man who Japanese police say was driving under the influence ran his car into the closed gate, police officials said. No injuries were reported.

Yokota Security Forces responded to the accident and secured the area, said Tech. Sgt. Heather Cabral, a 374th Airlift Wing spokeswoman.

The gate is open daily for vehicles until 11 p.m., said 374th Airlift Wing spokesman Capt. Chris Watt. It is open to pedestrians throughout the night.

Until the gate, which now cannot close properly, is repaired, barriers will be placed at the entrance after 11 p.m., Watt said. Pedestrians will be allowed to pass through as usual.

Watt said he did not know when the gate will be repaired. He assured Yokota residents that no threat has been posed to base security.


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