Prosecutor weighs charges for two Camp Foster Marines
June 8, 2006
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Two Camp Foster Marines may face charges after a weekend incident in which one is suspected of smashing a car windshield and the other of driving under the influence of alcohol.
An Okinawa police report stated that a man in a car with a “Y” license plate — which indicates the car’s owner has status-of-forces-agreement status — was seen throwing a concrete block at a car parked in a coffee shop parking lot. The incident happened in Yomitan’s Iramina district at 2:55 a.m. Sunday, the police report stated.
The block smashed the windshield of a car belonging to a coffee shop employee, causing $450 in damage, said a spokesman at the Okinawa Prefectural Police Station on Kadena.
The man fled in a car driven by another man. A witness wrote down that vehicle’s license plate number and police stopped the car about two hours later in Chatan’s Sunabe district. The man accused of throwing the block, a 21-year-old lance corporal, was taken into custody on suspicion of vandalism. He remained in Japanese police custody Tuesday.
The car’s driver, a 22-year-old Marine corporal, was taken into custody and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. A Breathalyzer test detected 0.65 milligrams of alcohol, exceeding the 0.15-milligram legal limit, the police spokesman said. The Marine was released Monday but still could be charged, the spokesman said.
The two cases were referred separately to the Naha District Public Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, the spokesman said.