A taxi makes its way along the streets near Itaewon, in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES)
A taxi makes its way along the streets near Itaewon, in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES)

American soldier detained in taxi incident weeks after curfew lifted in South Korea

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — An American soldier was detained after he reportedly scuffled with police and tried to steal a taxi after a night out drinking in Seoul over the weekend.

The incident occurred more than a month after U.S. Forces Korea, the main command for the 28,500 servicemembers stationed in the South, temporarily lifted a 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. off-installation curfew that had been in place for years.

The 21-year-old soldier, who is assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, was angered when a taxi driver refused to let him into the car at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday in the trendy neighborhood of Itaewon, the Korea Broadcasting System reported.

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