Alcohol incidents track at 0.08 – or below

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments


Col. Mark Jackson
Director, Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Incidents and crimes revolving around alcohol continue to be an ongoing problem on U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii installations.

The Directorate of Emergency Services encourages community members to drink responsibly by always having a designated driver and avoiding dangerous binge drinking practices.

Anyone with a possible drinking problem should be referred to the Army Substance Abuse Program so that he or she can receive proper training and treatment to prevent harming self and others.

In Hawaii, individuals can be charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, for having a blood alcohol content (BRAC) of 0.08. First-time offenders are subject to a one year revocation of their license, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device in any vehicle they operate, revocation of driving privileges on post, up to 72 hours of community service, two to five days of imprisonment, and a fine of between $25 and $1,000.

Military members are also subject to actions under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), to include separation from the service under other than honorable conditions.

Individuals under 21 may be charged with operating a vehicle after consuming a measurable amount of alcohol, even if their BRAC is below 0.08.

The following are excerpts of actual Military Police (MP) blotter entries from the USAG-HI area of operations. Subjects are innocent until proven guilty.

MP Blotter

•June 22, a patrol made a traffic stop at the Aliamanu Military Reservation (AMR) shoppette for a silver pickup truck with a defective headlight. During the stop, the patrol noticed a strong smell of alcohol as he spoke with the driver. The driver’s license also revealed that he was only 20 years old.

Military Police performed a standardized field sobriety test on the driver, in which the driver performed poorly. The driver claimed he was a local civilian who was visiting a service member in AMR. The suspect was detained and escorted to the Fort Shafter Police Desk where he submitted a breath sample that resulted in a BRAC of 0.119 percent. The driver was processed and released on his own recognizance. His vehicle was towed.

Community members are reminded that all guests fall under the responsibility of the military sponsors who bring them on post. Misconduct by civilian guests while on USAG-HI installations will ultimately be reported back to the sponsor’s unit.

•June 22, a call was received about a domestic disturbance in progress at a residence in the Schofield Barracks Akolea housing area. A staff sergeant and his wife were involved in a verbal dispute that turned physical when the spouse allegedly bit the Soldier’s wrist and ripped his shirt off, causing scratches to his back.

The staff sergeant allegedly threw his wife to the floor, punched her numerous times and then threw her against a bookshelf. Both individuals suffered minor injuries that didn’t require hospitalization. Both were apprehended and transported to the Schofield Barracks Police Desk where they were processed, administered Breathalyzer tests (resulting in positive results for alcohol) and released to the Soldier’s unit representative.

Social work services and ASAP were notified of the incident, and the couple was subject to a 72-hour mandatory separation period.

Upcoming Community Events
•July 27: Army 10 Miler Qualifier (Schofield Barracks)
•Aug. 6: Kaena Community Center National Night Out
•Aug. 10: Leilehua Summer Concert Series feat with Kaika Kahiapo (Leilehua Golf Course)
•Sept. 30: Army Community Service Home Alone Class (Aliamanu Community Center)

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