Program would clear Olympic skater of DUI
ENFIELD, Conn. -- Olympic champion figure skater Victor Petrenko on Monday applied for an alcohol education program that would clear his record of a drunken driving charge.
Petrenko was charged with driving under the influence after he crashed his sports utility vehicle into a pole on Jan. 28. The 34-year-old Ukrainian skater told police that he had had a glass of wine. He failed several field sobriety tests.
Petrenko refused to take a breath test. Under Connecticut law, the skater has the right to refuse the breath test, but his license was automatically suspended for six months.
Judge Howard Scheinblum ordered Petrenko to pay the $150 application fee and said the program would consist of at least 10 hours of alcohol education classes. Petrenko is due back in court on March 15 for a hearing on the application.
Petrenko won the 1992 Olympic gold medal. His arrest comes two months after Alexei Yagudin, the 2002 Olympic champ, was placed in an alcohol education program for an August drunken driving arrest in nearby Avon.
In 1997, Oksana Baiul, the 1994 Olympic skating champion, was charged with drunken driving and reckless driving after a 100 mph crash in another Hartford suburb. She escaped serious injury, and the charges were dismissed after she completed an alcohol education program.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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