AOMORI, Japan — Prosecutors in Aomori Prefecture have received a case against a Misawa Air Base captain accused of fleeing the scene of an automobile crash last Thursday in northern Japan.
Capt. Paul Miller, 43, assigned to the 35th Medical Group, has been detained for leaving the scene of an accident, negligence causing bodily injury and driving under the influence of alcohol, a police spokesman in Shichinohe said Monday.
Miller remained in custody Monday in the prefectural capital 45 miles northwest of Misawa.
According to police reports, Miller was returning from Aomori around 7:15 a.m. Thursday when the car he was driving crossed the center line on the Michinoku toll road and struck an oncoming car driven by Kiyoshi Nakagawara, 41, of Hachinohe, Japan.
Nakagawara was uninjured.
But his passengers — Nobuto Takeda, 44, of Gonohe, Japan, and Yoshio Misosaku, 44, of Fukuchi, Japan — sustained minor injuries. Both were treated and released from an area hospital, the spokesman said.
After the crash, police found Miller’s car about two miles from the scene, the spokesman said. The car was not drivable due to a flat tire police believe was sustained in the crash.
“Alcohol was found in his blood system,” the police spokesman said of Miller. He would not specify Miller’s blood-alcohol level.
Under the Japanese legal system, a prosecutor’s office has 24 hours to charge a suspect and can ask for extensions in 10-day increments, up to 20 days.