Romanian police fine 5 US Marines over bar tab dispute
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian police have questioned seven U.S. Navy sailors based in Romania over an altercation in a bar and fined five of them.
Police spokeswoman Mihaela Gird says officers were called after the sailors left a bar in southern Romania where they allegedly refused to pay for drinks early Sunday.
Gird said Monday that the Americans “were noisy, and measures were taken to calm the tense situation.”
The sailors are based at a U.S. missile defense site in the southern Romanian town of Deveselu.
A local police spokesman says five sailors were collectively fined 3,300 lei ($874).
The U.S. Navy says a total of seven sailors were involved and all were released. The Navy says it is conducting an internal investigation.
This story has been corrected to show seven U.S. sailors were involved, not Marines.