Tanked soldier takes 2 joyrides in Germany

Sunday, February 22, 2009

BERLIN -- Police say one joyride in a light tank wasn't enough for a drunken British soldier in Germany.

Police in Celle say the 18-year-old stole a small light tank early Friday and rumbled out of his base toward nearby Bergen -- but drove off the road after 500 yards.

Undaunted, he walked back to his base and commandeered a second armored vehicle just like the first. This time, he was spotted by a British military police patrol.

As the patrol tried to stop him, he lost control and drove into a tree. Military police then arrested him.

German police say a breathalyzer test showed an alcohol concentration of 0.1 percent. The blood alcohol limit in Germany is 0.05 percent.

Police did not identify the soldier.

In London, Britain's Ministry of Defense said the incident was being investigated "and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."

"Those who have been found to fall short of the army's high standards are dealt with accordingly," the ministry said in a brief statement.

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