Airman arrested on suspicion of DUI

Okinawa City Police arrested a 27-year-old U.S. Air Force technical sergeant on suspicion of driving under influence in Mihama, Chatan Town early Monday morning.

According to police, a police patrol apprehended the airman after seeing his car swerving erratically on the road about 04:30 on July 4th. When stopped, police say they smelled alcohol in his breath, but the airman insists that he had not been drinking. The breathalyzer test showed the alcohol level in his breath slightly above the legal limit.

This is the first arrest of a U.S. Military serviceman since the period of mourning and restrictions on drinking ended less than a week ago on Jun. 28th.


  • Rob450

    POS airman won’t admit to their mistake. Embarrassedment to America, unit and their family name. Such a disgrace.

  • Slyck

    And another one!

  • F-15 Crew Chief

    TSgt Platte is screwed and that’s unfortunate because DUI’s happen every day here on Okinawa, just as it does in the United States. Something you readers may not know, Okinawa has been the #1 Prefecture (State) in Japan for DUIs for the last 26 years, and it gets worst each year. These stats are provided by the Japanese government ( does not include SOFA status personnel. I’m in NO WAY condoning criminal behavior but I think everyone should realize because you have SOFA status it doesn’t come with a halo, we are just a prone to bad judgment as everyone else, except we live under a microscope. Could you imagine living this way?

    • Rob450

      Bad judgment happens when you don’t know. We are told many times over that this type of behaviour is not allowed. Us military members and family members need to be more cautious of our actions. And when we do make a mistake then own up to it. And if Okinawa leads Japan in DUIs who cares its their country.

      • F-15 Crew Chief

        Judgment is the act or process of forming an opinion or making a decision after careful thought.

14:44 25 May , 2024