Police in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 20-year-old man who attended a Coming-of-Age Day ceremony by driving to the venue intoxicated and without a valid driver’s license.
According to police, Shin Machida, a company employee, was also involved in a hit-and-run accident while heading to the ceremony venue on Monday, Sankei Shimbun reported. The incident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. Machida was driving a car registered in his father’s name.
At the ceremony, a police officer on guard smelled alcohol on Machida’s breath and asked him to submit to a breathalyzer which showed he was over the legal limit. Machida was quoted by police as saying he had been drinking champagne with a friend in a park. He also admitted that he didn’t have a driver’s license.
It was learned later that 40 minutes before Machida arrived at the ceremony venue, there was a report of a vehicle rear-ending a car waiting at a traffic light. Although the driver fled the scene, the driver of the car that was rear-ended told police that he was dressed in traditional hakama attire.
Police said Machida’s car matched the description of the one that left the scene of the accident.© Japan Today