Teen gets additional 30 days for drug charge
October 20, 2011
An 18-year-old Gardnerville resident, who earned notoriety for “streaking” at a high school football game, was sentenced Wednesday to an additional 30 days jail on a drug charge the judge said was far more serious.
District Judge Tom Perkins suspended a six-month sentence for Tyler Radtke after he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.
Radtke was arrested Oct. 10 at his residence after deputies found a jar of marijuana and a scale.
He originally faced a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance for sale.
On Sept. 30, he and a 17-year-old Douglas High School student, wearing jockstraps, body paint and masks, ran across the football field at half-time, and jumped into a neighboring yard where they broke a fence.
Perkins declined to impose additional jail time for the disorderly conduct, but ordered restitution for the property damage.
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“I don’t want to make a hero out of you on this other thing,” Perkins said.
Lawyer Derrick Lopez said his client had a good understanding of the seriousness of the drug charge.
“It’s my hope that Tyler understands it’s in his hands to change his behavior and not be back in the criminal justice system,” Lopez said.
Perkins ordered Radtke to serve an additional 30 days in jail, maintain full-time employment, or submit 10 applications a week to prove he’s looking for a job, earn his high school equivalency diploma, perform 20 hours of community service a week if he is unemployed, abstain from drugs and alcohol, undergo chemical testing, be subject to random search and seizure and be supervised by the Department of Alternative Sentencing.
He also received an unsuccessful discharge from juvenile probation.
If Radtke enrolls in college, he will not have to maintain full-time employment.
“You know what the deal is,” Perkins said. “If you use drugs and alcohol, you lose your liberty. If I see you back here again, I will know it was more important to you to get loaded.”