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UIJEONGBU, South Korea — Local prosecutors charged a 2nd Infantry Division soldier with five crimes stemming from accusations that he and other soldiers stole a taxi April 15 and drove while two men dangled from the car.

Pfc. Nicholas Acosta, 20, was charged June 8 by prosecutor Kim Tae-eun with assault and inflicting injury, illegal use of a vehicle, property damage, drunken driving and driving without a license.

He is to stand trial in South Korean court but no date has been set, court officials confirmed Wednesday.

From the investigation’s outset, police have said, they’ve gathered differing stories about what happened in the early morning hours in the entertainment district outside Camp Casey.

The soldiers said they were fleeing an angry crowd of about 20 people after two South Korean men assaulted them, according to police statements. The two South Korean men say the soldiers attacked them and dragged them, dangling from the taxi, for almost a mile, police said.

At about 2 a.m. on April 15, police said, the soldiers jumped into a taxi and told the 25-year-old driver to leave — but the driver left his car, opened the door and told the soldiers to leave. Police said Acosta, who they said registered a 0.10 blood-alcohol level, is accused of grabbing the wheel while two South Koreans tried to enter the car.

Police reports stated that one of the Korean men said a soldier held his leg while he dangled from the taxi.

Spc. Nick W. Davis, 20; Spc. Shawn R. Kiely, 23; and Pvt. Jesse D. Findley, 20, each were fined 2 million won, or about $2,000, but will not stand trial for their roles in the incident, prosecutors said. All of the soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry’s headquarters company.

Prosecutors said two South Koreans who told police they were victims in the incident, Choi Myung-un, 29, and Lee Yong-whan, 19, also were fined 2 million won.

“The 2ID leadership and division law enforcement officials will always cooperate with every Korean National Police investigation when it involves 2ID soldiers in every aspect,” said 2nd ID spokesman Maj. Karl Ivey.

Army investigators conducted a parallel investigation in case South Korea had decided to turn the case over to them, Ivey added.

Acosta will remain with his unit pending his trial.

Hwang Hae-rym contributed to this report.

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