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NAHA, Okinawa — Okinawan police said they were holding a Camp Kinser-based U.S. Marine in custody Friday for an early-morning hit-and-run accident in Naha.

Sgt. Patrick A. Wilhelm, 27, of the 3rd Forces Service Support Group, was making a right turn at the Asato intersection of Kokusai Street at 2:45 a.m. when his car struck a compact car parked illegally, a police spokesman said.

A 22-year-old woman who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car was treated for bruises.

Wilhelm drove away from the accident site, the police spokesman said. He was spotted passing the accident scene about 40 minutes later and was identified by an eyewitness.

Police chased Wilhelm’s car for about a half-mile before he was forced to pull over, a police spokesman said. After questioning, Wilhelm admitted he left the scene after hitting the mini-car, he said.

A Breathalyzer exam showed the Marine was intoxicated, the spokesman said. He was taken into custody on suspicion of being involved in a hit-and-run accident and driving while intoxicated.


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