Olympic Skiing Champion Sentenced for Drunk Driving

Posted by: The Lush Crush on Friday, October 10th, 2014 Category Smashed-letes

Petter Northug

Michael Phelps isn’t the only Olympian facing trouble for drunk driving. Two-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug was recently sentenced for drunk driving in his home country of Norway.

On May 4th, 2014, Northug crashed into a barrier on a Norwegian highway. He had a passenger in the vehicle who initially took the blame for the accident. Northug went home shortly after the crash. When police arrived at his home to investigate the accident, Northug initially told the officers he didn’t remember who was behind the wheel.

Northug later went on to admit that he was driving under the influence. He stated that when he was first questioned by police he was in a “very mixed state of mind.”

“It was a combination of having alcohol in my blood and the fact that I had just woken up,” Northug told reporters outside the courthouse in Trondheim, Norway.

His passenger did sustain some minor injuries that evening, but luckily no one else was injured.

Northug has been issued a 50-day prison sentence and will be required to pay a fine of 185,000 kroner. (That’s the equivalent of around $30,000!)

The South Troendelag District Court also suspended Northug’s driving privileges for the rest of his life, but this could get reduced to a minimum of five years.

At this moment, Northug does not plan on appealing the ruling but may possibly request to serve his time under house arrest.

Northug told the press he is deeply sorry for the incident.

“I have had some dark days,” he stated. “This will follow me throughout my whole life.”

Source: USA Today


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