Okinawa-based U.S. airman held over DUI crash


Police said Monday they have detained a U.S. airman in Okinawa for allegedly causing a car accident while driving drunk, the latest in a series of arrests of American servicemen in Japan.

Two intoxicated U.S. sailors were arrested for trespassing last month after allegedly breaking a nighttime curfew imposed last year after two sailors allegedly raped a Japanese woman.

Eric Simmons, 41, who is stationed at the U.S. Air Force’s Kadena base, allegedly caused a pileup late Sunday while driving under the influence of alcohol, a prefectural police spokesman said. No one was injured.

The U.S. military imposed a curfew between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on all of its personnel in Japan after the two sailors were arrested in the October rape case.

Despite the curfew, misconduct involving U.S. service members has continued.