Runar Vatne charged with drink-driving

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Atlantic Sapphire’s second largest owner, Runar Vatne, was stopped by police before Easter, who discovered he had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit and was driving without a valid driver’s license.

Vatne was stopped west of Oslo, Norway in the early hours of a day towards the end of March, according to the indictment released in Oslo District Court, E24 reported.

The alcohol control showed an alcohol concentration of 0.41 milligrams per liter of air, according to the indictment, corresponding to around 0.8 per milligram, according to legal regulations.

DN first reported the case.

Vatne is accused of driving without a valid driver’s license, having been stripped of his driver’s license for 37 months and handed 23 days in prison in the autumn of 2020, when he was caught driving his Ferrari at 177 kilometers per hour in an 80 km-zone.

If he is convicted, Vatne faces both a fine and imprisonment.

Through his investment company Vatne Equity, Vatne owns 5.6 percent of Atlantic Sapphire. He is also a board member of the fish farming company.