A 49-year-old police sergeant was arrested on Tuesday for negligent driving resulting in injury and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. Tatsuo Koga, a sergeant at Kokuraminami police station, allegedly drove his car on the wrong side of the road in Iizuka City on Monday night and collided with a car. He then walked away from the scene without checking on the condition of the female driver.
The accident happened just after 8 p.m. Monday on Route 200, when a white car believed to have been driven by Koga went the wrong way down the national road and collided with a car being driven by a woman in her 50s, who suffered head injuries in the impact. Koga was found about 200 meters away from the scene sitting on the side of the road. A passer-by told police he saw a man get out of the white car and walk away in the direction Koga was found, and when the car was confirmed to be registered in Koga’s name, he was arrested.
Police said Koga's breath smelled of alcohol. He admitted he had been drinking, but refused to take an alcohol breath test. A blood test conducted at 6.30 a.m. on Tuesday morning came up with a blood alcohol content of 0.127%, more than four times the legal limit of 0.03. Police are pursuing a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Koga has denied he was the driver of the vehicle, however, and said that his car was stolen.
Koga’s arrest on Tuesday coincided with the third anniversary of a car accident in which a Fukuoka City public servant, driving under the influence of alcohol, smashed into an RV, causing it to plunge off a bridge and into the bay below, killing the three children inside.© News reports