A police officer discovered Petrenko inside his damaged car Wednesday night. The 34-year-old Ukrainian complained of a minor injury but declined treatment, police said.
Petrenko, who won the gold medal at the 1992 Winter Games in France, was charged with driving under the influence and released after posting a $250 bail.
His court date has been set for Feb. 9.
According to Simsbury Police Chief Peter Ingvertsen, Petrenko failed several field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathe test to measure his blood-alcohol level.
Invertsen confirmed that he has the right to refuse a breath test but his licence automatically is suspended for at least six months.
Petrenko's lawyer, Reese Norris, said the skater was "certainly concerned" about what happened, adding this was his first offence.
Petrenko's arrest comes two months after Alexei Yagudin, the 2002 Olympic champ, was placed in an alcohol education program after being arrested for drunk driving in nearby Avon in August.
with files from Associated Press