TOKYO (Sputnik) — US Navy Petty Officer Aimee Mejia was driving on the wrong lane at around 11:40 p.m. local time on Saturday (14:40 GMT), when she collided with two other cars, the NHK said.
The broadcaster added that the servicewoman had already been arrested by local police on suspicion of driving under influence, as alcohol levels in Mejia's blood exceeded the permissible level sixfold.
This is not the first incident with US personnel from the Kadena Air Base in the recent months. In May, 32-year-old former US Marine Kenneth Franklin was arrested on suspicion of stabbing and strangling a 20-year-old Japanese woman near the base. The woman, Rina Shimabukuro, disappeared on April 28 and was later found dead in a forest. Franklin has reportedly admitted to committing the murder.
Okinawa is home to a large US military presence and there have been mass protests over the years by the island’s inhabitants over incidents involving US personnel stationed there.