Kadena Air Base is home to the 18th Fighter Wing in Okinawa, Japan. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES
Kadena Air Base is home to the 18th Fighter Wing in Okinawa, Japan. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES

Second Okinawa-based airman in four days arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

by Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — For the second time in less than a week, a Kadena-based airman has been accused of crashing a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Senior Airman Timaan Garnes, 24, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving at about 8:40 a.m. Saturday after he rear-ended a vehicle, which then crashed into another, while driving north on Route 85, Okinawa Police deputy chief Hirotoshi Iha said Monday. The incident occurred in Okinawa City, near gate No. 2 of Kadena Air Base, police said.

No injuries were reported, but Garnes’ blood-alcohol content was four times higher than Japan’s legal limit of 0.03%, Iha said. Garnes told police he remembered driving but not the crash.

By comparison, all 50 U.S. states have set 0.08 as the legal limit for driving under the influence or driving while impaired.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.577916

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