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Rockies first baseman Todd Helton charged with DUI

By Steven Mitchell,

The first baseman for the Colorado Rockies, Todd Helton, was arrested early this morning on DUI charges.

Helton, 39, was busted on three counts of driving while drunk outside of the Denver area reports TMZ. He is said to have been cooperating with the authorities.

According to SI.com,the incident happened around 15 miles from his home in Brighton. Helton lives there year-round with his wife and two daughters.

Although the Rockies are upset with Helton’s actions they feel that he is a man of “strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work.”

Helton, who was considering retirement, is playing out the last year on his contract. He had hip surgery done last year. The five-time All-Star has has 2,420 hits, 354 home runs, 1,345 RBI and a .320 batting average for his career.

TMZ posted a statement that Helton released.

"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," he said.

"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.”

 

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