Idaho: Olympic skier Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson busted for DUI; gets out of jail and shoots himself



This news graphic depicted the arrest of Jeret “Speedy” Peterson and was published prior to his death.

Breaking News: Speedy calls it quits, calls 911 to announce his suicide and shoots himself
From Idaho Statesman
Jeret Peterson faced serious personal challenges throughout his life, but he rose to great heights in aerial skiing — and will be remembered as an Olympic medalist who took the sport to a new level.
“He was never satisfied to do what everyone else was doing and just do it better,” said Tom Kelly, spokesman for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association. “He always wanted to do something bigger.”
The 29-year-old’s body was found at 9:30 p.m. Monday outside his pickup in Lambs Canyon, a 15-minute drive east of Salt Lake City, according to a spokesman for the Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake.
Lt. Justin Hoyal said Peterson called 911 and told a dispatcher that he was going to kill himself. He left a note at the scene.
The Boise native competed in three Winter Olympics and won a silver medal in aerial skiing in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2010……MORE 


Speedy Peterson’s Facebook page is filled with memorials from his fans


Friday’s arrest came after he was clocked at 70 mph in a 25 mph zone

From Idaho Statesman
Hailey police arrested Timberline High graduate and Olympic veteran Jeret “Speedy” Peterson early Friday morning for DUI following a traffic stop for speeding.
Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said someone called police dispatchers just before 3 a.m. Friday to report they saw the driver of a Dodge Dakota pickup truck driving at a high rate of speed southbound on Idaho 75 coming from the Sun Valley area.
When officers located the truck on Idaho 75, they clocked it going at speeds as high 70 mph in a 25 mph zone, Gunter said. That’s when officers first attempted to pull over the truck but the driver, later identified as Peterson, didn’t stop until he got into Bellevue, which is about five miles away, according to reports.
When officers walked up to the truck, they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Peterson, Gunter said. Officers also say Peterson had slurred speech and failed field sobriety tests before he was taken to the Blaine County Jail, where he refused to take a blood alcohol content breath test…..MORE