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- Jan 13, 2007
Head of US marine force in Darwin stood down for drink-driving on nightclub strip
So he'll be pretty much fucked from this point on?Head of US marine force in Darwin stood down for drink-driving on nightclub strip
By Jacqueline Breen
Updated 38 minutes ago
PHOTO: US Marine Corps Colonel James Schnelle has been stood down, the court heard. (Supplied: Andrew Piehler)
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The head of the US marine force stationed in the Top End has been relieved of his command for drink-driving on Darwin's nightclub strip.
- Colonel James Schnelle was charged with medium-range drink driving
- He has been stood down from commanding the US Marines in Darwin
- He appeared in Darwin Local Court today
Colonel James Schnelle, 48, appeared in Darwin Local Court this morning, charged with medium-range drink-driving.
The court heard he failed a random breath test on Darwin's Mitchell Street in the early hours of a Sunday morning late last month.
No conviction was recorded, but the court heard Colonel Schnelle had been stood down from his job of commanding the largest contingent of Marines ever to rotate through the Top End.
'This is a man of very high character'
The court heard Colonel Schnelle was stopped at an RBT outside the Darwin Entertainment Centre on Mitchell Street at 2:20am on Sunday, September 30, where he recorded a mid-range reading for blood alcohol content.
He had been at Shenanigans Restaurant and Bar in the CBD and was driving home to Larrakeyah, a suburb about 3.4 kilometres away.
Following the RBT, the court heard he then walked home.
He then emailed superiors at 6:33am and they called him at 7:47am to relieve him of his command, the court heard.