Skip to comments.Drunken guardsman arrested (Norway)
Posted on 08/31/2005 5:20:43 AM PDT by franksolich
Armed police were forced to respond when a drunken national guardsman was seen bearing a weapon.
The soldier had his AG3 rifle confiscated and was left to sleep his bender off in the drunk tank after being arrested in downtown Bodø, newspaper Avisa Nordland reports.
Bodø police were notified of a drunken armed man roaming the downtown area on Monday evening after the suspect dropped one of the two bags he was carrying and his AG3 rifle fell out.
Police found the guardsman waiting for a southbound train to depart, with his weapon stowed in the baggage rack above his seat, en route to a National Guard exercise.
"We take a very, very serious view of this situation and deeply regret it. This is not how we wish national guardsmen to appear, especially the way society has become now," said chief of staff of the South Hålogaland district National Guard, Magne Larsen.
The weapon was not loaded and no ammunition was found in the man's baggage. The district guard will investigate to see if regulations have been breached.
What are the usual or traditional penalties (in the United States or elsewhere) for being drunk while on duty?
The fact that he had his weapon would make it appear that he was on duty, however other countries issue the soldiers their weapons and they keep them with them instead of storing them in the arms room when they are finished with an exercise. I am assuming this is the case in Norway, becuase the article says he was en-route to the exercise. This would imply that he wasn't on duty yet.
Heaven's ta Betsy! Which is worse?
Drunk on duty?
Implying that he wasn't on duty?
I've been to Bodo......not much else to do there but drink...
Liberal Norway has far, far more to worry about.
I thought that Norway was more conservative than liberal...
"What are the usual or traditional penalties (in the United States or elsewhere) for being drunk while on duty?"