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Former Iraq, Afghanistan ambassador Ryan Crocker charged with DUI, hit and run

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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker upon his arrival at Bagram Air Base in Kabul, Afghanistan May 1, 2012.

Ryan Crocker, the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, has been charged in Washington state with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident on Aug. 14, local media reported Thursday.

Crocker, who also served as ambassador to Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon, left his post in Kabul last month, citing health reasons.

Crocker was driving his 2009 Ford Mustang convertible on a highway in his hometown of Spokane, Wash., when he turned directly into the path of a semitruck, Washington State Patrol trooper Troy Briggs told the Spokesman-Review newspaper. Crocker then fled the scene without stopping, Briggs said.

A test of Crocker’s blood alcohol content registered .16 percent, Brigg said.

Crocker was not booked into jail, NBC station KHQ in Spokane reported.

A pretrial conference on the DUI and hit-and-run charges was scheduled for Sept. 12 in Spokane County District Court.

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