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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — A chief petty officer here was fined 400,000 yen (about $3,650) in summary court Monday on charges of professional negligence resulting in bodily injuries and driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a spokesman from the Nagasaki District Court, Sasebo Branch.

Chief Petty Officer Terry Lynn Pace, 39, hit the rear of a van stopped at a traffic signal about 12:30 a.m. June 3 in Shiinoki-cho. The van’s driver, a 45-year-old Japanese man, was treated for minor injuries.

Japanese police said Pace refused to take a blood-alcohol content test at the scene.

Sasebo Naval Base security officers took Pace from the accident location to the Navy Branch Medical Clinic for treatment of minor injuries.

On June 14, prefectural police received Pace’s blood sample taken on base the day of the wreck and concluded the blood-alcohol content was higher than legally allowed, a police spokesman said.

Summary court is the least punitive tribunal in Japan’s court system. The maximum fine for DUI, based on Japan’s blood-alcohol content limit of 0.3 milligrams per liter, is 500,000 yen (about $4,600), a prosecutor’s office official said last week.

The possibility of any Navy administrative measures against Pace is pending, said base spokesman Charles T. Howard.


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