Romanian Police Fine 5 US Marines Over Bar Tab Dispute

The U.S. Marines involved in the incident are based at a U.S. missile defense site in the southern Romanian town of Deveselu. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos)
The U.S. Marines involved in the incident are based at a U.S. missile defense site in the southern Romanian town of Deveselu. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos)

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian police have questioned and fined five U.S. Marines based in Romania over an altercation in a bar.

Police spokeswoman Mihaela Gird said Monday that officers were called after the Marines left a bar in southern Romania where they allegedly refused to pay for drinks early Sunday.

Gird says the Americans "were noisy, and measures were taken to calm the tense situation."

The Marines are based at a U.S. missile defense site in the southern Romanian town of Deveselu.

A local police spokesman said the five were collectively fined 3,300 lei ($874.) Romanian media reports that the Marine Corps is conducting an internal inquiry.

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