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Nagasaki Pref. police officer accused of reckless driving, charges shelved

NAGASAKI -- Documents accusing a prefectural police superintendent of reckless driving that resulted in a woman being injured were sent to public prosecutors, a person close to the investigation disclosed on Aug. 25. Prosecutors did not charge the officer.

The Nagasaki Prefectural Police superintendent, who is in his 50s, was accused of dangerous driving causing injury in violation of the Act on Punishment of Acts Inflicting Death or Injury on Others by Driving a Motor Vehicle, etc. Papers on his case were sent to the Nagasaki District Public Prosecutors Office in January 2018, but in August, the office decided not to indict him.

According to sources related to the investigation, the superintendent repeatedly veered his vehicle close to the side of a woman's car and cut in front of her before suddenly hitting the breaks on a general road in the town of Togitsu, Nagasaki Prefecture, in April 2017. The woman suffered a light sprain in her neck.

The superintendent was off duty at the time of the incident. During the investigation, he admitted having drifted to the side of the woman's car and other actions, but denied that he was driving recklessly. He reportedly explained, "I tried to make her stop to warn her about her driving."

(Japanese original by Shotaro Asano, Nagasaki Bureau)

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