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RAF LAKENHEATH, England — A 28-year-old Air Force noncommissioned officer is under investigation for driving under the influence of alcohol following an accident in which he caused damage to government property, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 2 a.m. Sunday on the A1065 in Lakenheath village, according to the Suffolk Constabulary. The airman, whose name has not been released, was arrested and released on bail pending the completion of the investigation, the constabulary said.

The constabulary declined to release details of the accident, including if there were other vehicles involved.

The 48th Fighter Wing base newspaper, Jet 48, reported in its blotter that he was apprehended for DUI. An RAF Lakenheath spokesman said the airman damaged an Air Force fence in the accident.

The airman is due in Bury St. Edmunds Magistrates Court on Jan. 9 to determine if he will face charges.

The incident follows a string of accidents involving U.K.-based airmen, including fatal accidents that killed an officer assigned to RAF Lakenheath and a senior airman assigned to RAF Mildenhall.

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