Norway's Northug jailed for seven months for driving offences


FILE PHOTO: Norwegian skier Petter Northug is seen in action during a Norwegian Cup cross-country skiing competition, in Gaalaa, Norway November 23, 2018. NTB Scanpix/Geir Olsen/ via REUTERS

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian double Olympic champion Petter Northug has been sentenced to seven months in prison and banned from driving for life after being found guilty of serious traffic offences and possession of narcotics by an Oslo court on Monday.

The 34-year-old, who won two gold medals at the Vancouver Games in 2010 and is one of Norway's best-known and most popular athletes, was arrested in August after driving his F-type Jaguar car at speeds of over 200km per hour.

Police found other videos in Northug's mobile phone of him speeding that he had filmed while driving.

He passed a drugs test following his arrest but during a subsequent search of his home police discovered six grams of cocaine and small amounts of other controlled substances.

Northug, who was convicted of drink-driving in 2014 and admitted to having problems with drugs and alcohol in a news conference following his arrest in August, said that he accepts the verdict of the court and will not appeal.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor in Stockholm, additional reporting by Terje Solsvik in Oslo; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In Others

Uganda team member tests positive for coronavirus on arrival in Japan - NHK
Olympics-Organisers show off Olympic village a month before Games begin
Olympics-Ledecky completes Tokyo to-do list qualifying in 800 at U.S. trials
Analysis: Laboured Spain proving a tough watch for home fans
Hamilton dispels "myth" over Mercedes chassis swap
Verstappen delivers the unexpected with French GP pole
Turkey need a miracle against Switzerland, coach says
Qabil runs out of time to get required status for Olympics trip
Olympics-Croatian rowing brothers seek second gold in different event
Kenya unveils its team for the Tokyo Olympics

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers