Snowboarders Plead to Drug Charge
May. 28, 1998
MINDEN, Nev. (AP) _ Two international snowboarders arrested on marijuana charges will have their records cleared if they stay clean for a year.
Michael Kildevaeld, 31, a member of Denmark's Olympic snowboarding team, and Frederic Brett Tippie, who competes for Canada, were arrested Feb. 28 after a sheriff's deputy stopped their car for traveling 83 mph in a 55 mph zone.
A drug-sniffing dog found about two grams of suspected marijuana and a pipe inside the vehicle.
Each was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Tippie, of Kamloops, British Columbia, also was charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, which is a felony.
Kildevaeld, who holds Danish citizenship but listed his address as Centerville, Mass., faced additional misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and speeding.
Both feared that a felony conviction could effectively end their careers if they were barred from going to other countries. They entered guilty pleas on Wednesday to a count of possession of a drug that cannot be lawfully introduced into interstate commerce.
The sentence handed down by Judge Jim EnEarl during a brief hearing in East Fork Justice Court defers sentencing for one year at which time the charges will be dismissed if they complete a diversion program and undergo random drug testing.
They also were fined $270 each.