Three U.S. sailors were among those arrested over the holiday weekend on Guam as island police continue their crackdown on impaired drivers.

Chief Petty Officer Michael Pace, 32, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Leopaldo Marquez Jr., 26, were arrested Friday for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident. Marquez also was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to Guam police.

The sailors were apprehended after two separate accidents allegedly involving the same car in Tumon by the Okura Hotel just after midnight Friday, police said.

In the first accident, the car struck a wooden structure near the hotel, according to a Guam police report, and the driver fled the scene. The same vehicle, a Nissan Sentra, then struck another vehicle. No one in the second vehicle was injured.

It appears that both sailors ended up driving the Sentra, said a Guam police spokesman, officer Allan Guzman.

Guzman said both sailors have been released.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeffery Allen Timm was arrested Sunday at 3:10 a.m. for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a Guam police report. He also was released.

Lt. Donnell Evans, a spokesman for Naval Base Guam, said military officials will cooperate fully with the Guam Police Department “as these cases take their course.”

No information was available on the sailors’ units.

Guam police said they are stepping up traffic checkpoints on the island in an effort to prevent fatalities and encourage drivers to obey traffic laws. The initiative is planned through the holidays and is to end in February.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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