US personnel stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa continue to test the patience of the local population after two Airmen crashed vehicles -allegedly while under the influence- within a four-day timespan.
Senior Airman Timaan Garnes was arrested early Saturday morning after he rear-ended a vehicle near Gate 2 of Kadena Air Base.
At the time of the accident, Garnes’ BAC was four times higher than Japan’s 0.03% threshold.
According to the Stars and Stripes, Garnes did not remember the crash, though he did remember that he was driving.
The Airman belongs to the 18th Wing and his case is currently in the hands of Japanese prosecutors.
The incident came mere days after Senior Airman Zachary Lamont Ransom struck a motorcycle while driving along a major roadway, injuring the rider and his passenger. At the time of the crash, his BAC was almost twice Japan’s legal limit.
On April 13, a Sailor murdered his Japanese lover before taking his own life, doing the deed in front of the victim’s child.
US military-related crimes are a sore subject for Okinawans, who largely dislike the Americans and have long rallied to have the bases moved. In February, 72% of the voting population voted to relocate a USMC air station.
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