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Disoriented man causes ‘security incident’ at base gate on Okinawa

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By MATTHEW M. BURKE AND AYA ICHIHASHI | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 6, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Japanese man was in police custody Friday after causing an early morning “security incident” at Kadena Air Base’s front gate.

The incident happened near the Gate 1 guard shack at 5:26 a.m., said Okinawa Police Station Deputy chief Eiji Hirata. The man drove across a yellow line onto base property, approached the security gate and then crashed into the vehicle of a base worker who was waiting in the ID-check line.

The man was not intoxicated at the time of the incident but did appear “disoriented,” Hirata said. There were no injuries and the only damage was to the base worker’s vehicle.

“Police are still seeking his motive,” Hirata said.

Okinawan police declined to release details about the man other than his nationality.

He does not have access to or business on the base, Hirata said.

The incident prompted emergency services and local authorities to arrive at the scene, and the gate was closed for a short time.

“Emergency services responded along with local authorities,” according to a statement from the 18th Wing. “More information will be released when it becomes available.”

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