Northug was charged with three offenses. To be questioned in the near future

Petter NorthugPetter Northug.Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

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Petter Northug is charged with speeding, driving under the influence, and possession of drugs after he was stopped by the police last Thursday. 

Police Attorney, Silje Bergsholm confirmed this to NTB on Monday. 

On Saturday, the police attorney said that Northug was initially charged with speeding, but when asked about the charge from NTB on Monday, Bergsholm confirmed that the charge now has three offenses.

-”The charge is about speeding, driving under the influence, and possession of drugs.”, said Bergsholm.

Northug is consequently charged with two violations of the Road Traffic Act. This applies to the conditions of driving over the speed limit and driving under the influence of drugs. The suspicion of possession of drugs falls under section 231 of the Criminal Code. 

Soon to be interrogated

Bergsholm further states that Northug will be questioned in the near future, but will not specify exactly when it will be carried out. 

-”Does Northug have to be physically present at the interrogation or will it be conducted digitally?”

-”We have not decided on that, it will be more of a question of what’s practical. It is common to meet physically.”, says Bergsholm. 

As of now, the results of the blood test from Northug last Thursday is not ready. The results may not be ready until “a couple of weeks”, the police attorney states. 

Bergsholm further answers the following as to whether work is being done against an indictment that will end in unconditional imprisonment. 

-”Too early to say for now, since we are in the early stages of the investigation and have not received the blood test results.”, she answers. 

Small amounts

Northug was stopped last Thursday at a speed control in a 110 km/h zone on E6. He was registered going 168 km/h and the drivers license of the former cross-country star was confiscated. 

The police later found what was described as a small amount of drugs during a search of Norhug’s home. 

NTB has tried to get in touch with Norhug’s lawyer, Halvard Helle, on Monday, but he has not responded to our inquiries. 

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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