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Colorado Rockies' player Todd Helton arrested for DUI

By Stephanie Kaplan,
The baseball player was pulled over by police in a suburb of Colorado

Todd Helton, first baseman for the Colorado Rockies, was arrested on February 6 at 2:30 a.m.

The Associated Press reports police received a phone call about a drunk driver and pulled Helton over in a suburb in Denver.

Helton is a five-time All-Star player, who will be entering his 17th season this coming spring.

TMZ reports that the officer who made the arrest said Helton was cooperative.

The All-Star recently released a statement saying, “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.”

Helton continued, “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.”

The star's blood-alcohol content was over the legal limit, but the actual number has not been released. However, from the looks of Helton's mugshot, it is clear that he was in fact intoxicated.

Helton, 39, missed most of the 2012 season due to hip surgery but is expected to be ready for the upcoming season.

Image: Twitter

 

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