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Idaho Olympian to fight DUI charge

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. aerial freestyle skier from Idaho has pleaded not guilty to speeding and drunken driving charges after his arrest Friday. Through his attorney, Jeret "Speedy" Peterson filed paperwork indicating he'll challenge his arrest after police say he raced through Hailey, Idaho at three times the speed limit. Peterson failed field sobriety tests but refused a blood-alcohol test. He's since been released from Blaine County Jail. Doug Nelson, his attorney, didn't return a phone call Tuesday. Peterson, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, was dismissed from the 2006 Turin Olympics after a drunken brawl. In 2009, he was cited in Boise for public urination. And in 2005, Peterson was charged with breaking into a home and stealing weapons. He pleaded guilty after felony charges were reduced.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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