US soldier apprehended for stealing car, driving drunk

Goyang Police Station/ Korea Times file

Goyang Police Station/ Korea Times file

An American soldier has been apprehended on charges of stealing a car and driving under the influence of alcohol before crashing into other vehicles from behind, police said Monday.

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) service member in his 20s, stationed at an American military base in Pyeongtaek, 60 kilometers south of Seoul, allegedly stole a Morning compact car between Saturday and Sunday before ramming it into two vehicles waiting at a traffic stop in Goyang, north of Seoul, police said.

Two people were injured in the accident.

Police said the soldier stole the car that was parked with the key in while drinking at a bar in Seoul’s Hongdae area.

Alcohol was detected on his breath right after his apprehension, police said.

Police handed him over to the U.S. military police and plan to work with USFK authorities to look into the case, officials said. (Yonhap)

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