| SALT LAKE CITY, July 26
SALT LAKE CITY, July 26 Olympic skier Jeret
Peterson has committed suicide in Utah, days after his arrest on
suspicion of drunken driving, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard
Association said on Tuesday.
Peterson, 29, a silver medallist in the men's freestyle
aerials competition at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver,
Canada, shot himself near Salt Lake City, the association said
in a statement.
Peterson's death on Monday came three days after the Olympic
athlete was arrested in Idaho on suspicion of misdemeanor
drunken driving. He was released from the Blaine County Jail in
Idaho after posting $500 bail.
Salt Lake City police officials did not return calls.
Peterson had been arrested after speeding in a Dodge Dakota
pickup through Hailey in south-central Idaho, at an estimated 70
miles per hour in a 25 mph zone, police said.
He failed three field sobriety tests, including a walk and
turn and a one-leg stand, according to a police report.
Peterson pleaded not guilty in paperwork filed by his
attorney to the charge of driving under the influence and the
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Peterson most recently lived
in the ski haven of Park City, Utah.
He had not planned to compete in the 2012 season and was a
full-time business student at Westminster College in Salt Lake
City, according to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
Peterson had had previous scrapes with the law. He was found
guilty of public urination in Boise in 2008, two years after
pleading guilty to theft by receiving stolen property, according
to Idaho court records.
(Additional reporting by Laura Zuckerman, writing by Alex
Dobuzinskis: Editing by Cynthia Johnston/Ian Ransom)
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