One US Soldier in Korea potentially ruined it for everyone else after a serious run-in with local law enforcement during a curfew suspension test.
The US Soldier -who has not been identified- reportedly tried to steal a taxi and struck a Korean National Police officer during his crime spree, which took place over the weekend.
Naturally, the incident involved alcohol, and ended with the Soldier being tased by the KNP officer.
“We are aware of the incident involving a US Soldier and KNP in Itaewon over the weekend and are cooperating fully with all legal authorities,” said Lieutenant ColonelMartyn Crighton, a 2nd Infantry Division public affairs officer. “We take this matter very seriously. We are committed to ensuring our soldiers obey Korean laws, US military regulations and remain good neighbors with the Korean community.”
According to the Army Times, the South Korean peninsula has long been under a curfew, which required US personnel to be on-base after certain times. While a 90-day suspension is currently underway to evaluate whether or now allowing Americans to roam free after-hours is a viable option, Soldiers stealing taxis and fighting cops would definitely jeopardize such a move.
Charges have not been brought against the Soldier, and he is currently in the custody of his unit’s leadership. A joint US-Korean investigation has been launched.
General Robert Abrams, commander of United Nations Command and commander of ROK-US Combined Forces Command, took to Twitter to express his displeasure.
“Being a good battle buddy includes being with your battle buddy and not letting them wander off,” he wrote. “We are guests here. We are also Ambassadors who represent our country on and off duty.”
It has been confirmed that the soldier in question was also underage, and should not have been consuming alcohol.
(Video is from a fight between U.S. soldiers during a 2017 New Year celebration in Korea)
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