Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was pulled over and arrested just blocks away from his home at 2:39am this morning for driving under the influence of alcohol. Helton’s blood-alcohol level was not released by police but he seems a little sleepy in his mugshot.
From the Denver Post:
Matt Barnes, a spokesman for the Thornton Police Department, said police received a call at about 2:08 a.m. from a witness reporting a pickup truck being driven in an erratic manner and heading southbound on Colorado Boulevard. When police located the black pickup truck, it was already pulled into a gas station, Barnes said.
Helton released a statement through his lawyers that said: “Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously. My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard.
“I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies Organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness.”