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CAMP FOSTER — A 49-year-old Okinawa man was being treated in an Okinawa hospital Monday after crashing into a military van at the end of a police chase through Camp Foster.

According to Okinawa police, the man drove his minivan through the Legion Gate of Camp Foster at around 2:20 a.m. Monday, ignoring a gate security guard’s order to stop.

He then led security guards on a high-speed chase through the base, ending at the Kitamae Gate near the Camp Foster commissary and Highway 58.

A spokesman for Okinawa police at the Ginowan station said the man crashed into an unoccupied police van parked next to the guard shack after finding his exit blocked by concrete barricades.

The crash caused extensive damage to both vehicles, the police spokesman said.

The man was taken to Chubu Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with multiple injuries Monday morning. The ambulance crew told police they smelled a strong odor of alcohol on the man’s breath.

The motive for the gate-crashing still is under investigation. However, the police spokesman said preliminary findings have ruled out an act of terrorism or “any other political motives.”

A base spokeswoman said the Okinawa police have jurisdiction over the incident and military police are cooperating in the investigation.

Chiyomi Sumida contributed to this report.


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