U.S. embassy checking reports about driving incident involving U.S. military diplomat

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is checking reports that an aide to the U.S. defense attache has been detained on suspicion of drunk driving.

U.S. Embassy spokesman William Stevens told Interfax that the embassy was checking these reports and that the embassy's policy was to encourage U.S. diplomats to abide by the local laws.

A source in law enforcement services earlier informed Interfax that an aid to the U.S. embassy's defense attache in Moscow was stopped in Domodedovo outside Moscow on Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

"The driver of a BMW X5 sped past a traffic police post on approaches to the Domodedovo airport at about 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, disregarding traffic policemen's signal to stop," the source said.

The driver had no mandatory auto insurance policy to produce, and policemen smelt alcohol on his breath, the source said.

"An ID check revealed that the driver was an aid to the U.S. embassy's defense attache, who arrived at Domodedovo in his private car," he said.

The man refused to take a breath test, which compelled the policemen to make a written statement on an administrative offence in compliance with the Code of Administrative Offences.

"The drunk driver changed seats with his wife and the couple continued their journey," the source said.

The documented administrative offence will be heard in court.

No official confirmation of this report is available to Interfax so far.

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