Police said Monday they have arrested a man who they believe drove under the influence twice in Miyazaki on New Year's Day. The man, who has been identified as Naoyuki Ito, 48, had his first run-in with police at 10 a.m. on Jan 1 when his car left the road and plowed into a rice field.
A bystander notified police who arrived on the scene to find Ito and a male acquaintance, aged 56, in an extremely inebriated state. Despite eyewitness reports, police were unable to establish which of the men was driving the car at the time of the accident, so both were sent home.
About four hours later, the officer who had dealt with the accident was on patrol duty and found Ito and the same male acquaintance driving drunk again. The officer questioned the men and arrested them at the scene.
During police questioning, the pair said they were on their way to a shrine to pray for a safe and happy year. Later that afternoon, the pair decided to go and play pachinko. Police are currently investigating the possibility that Ito's passenger also drove under the influence.© Compiled from news reports