Jump over fence ends in arrest at Yongsan
October 15, 2007
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A dependent of a civilian living at Yongsan Garrison tried to break curfew the hard way — by jumping off a pedestrian overpass, onto the installation and into a pile of concertina wire.
The family member was “immediately apprehended” by installation security guards after jumping somewhere between gates 37 and 52, behind the commissary, said Susan Silaspornprasit, Installation Management Command-Korea spokeswoman.
Silaspornprasit said military police believe the person jumped the fence because he was drunk and wanted to avoid getting caught violating curfew.
The incident occurred Oct. 2 and was reported in a military police blotter item in Friday’s Morning Calm, the Army’s command publication in South Korea. The item said the person had a blood-alcohol level of .081.
He was taken by ambulance to the 121st Combat Support Hospital and treated for a broken ankle and cuts.
He then reported to the Provost Marshall’s Office, where he was read his legal rights, signed a statement admitting the offense and was released pending further legal action.
Curfew — from midnight to 5 a.m. during the week and 1 to 5 a.m. on weekends — does not apply to most U.S. Forces Korea civilians, but it does apply to dependents living on post, said Silaspornprasit.
Silaspornprasit described the fence jumping as “an isolated incident."
“Security is as tight as it always has been,” she said. “I think it says a lot that he did get caught.”