THORNTON - Todd Helton, a Major League Baseball first baseman for the Colorado Rockies, was arrested for suspicion of DUI Wednesday morning. Thornton Police released the full description of what happened during Helton's arrest.
According to a 9NEWS source, a witness contacted Thornton Police when they witnessed a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck driving erratically southbound on Colorado Boulevard.
The driver then pulled into a Conoco gas station at 12780 Colorado Boulevard.
When police arrived on the scene, they found the truck running and the driver's side door open. However, no one was inside the truck.
"Moments later a man dressed in camouflage walked out the gas station and advised that he was the owner of the truck," the arresting officer describes in the police report. "I could immediately smell a strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from his person and he was unsteady on his feet. The male`s eyes were also bloodshot and watery. Initially the male party would not make eye contact with officers. I asked the male where he was coming from and he stated something about getting his truck washed. The male`s speech was slurred and hard to understand. During this initial contact, the male had his wallet, chewing tobacco, and lottery tickets in his hand."
Police identified the driver as Helton.
Police interviewed a nearby witness regarding Helton's driving.
"The witness observed the black truck turn into the lane for oncoming traffic on Colorado Boulevard and swerve and hit the median on the left near a crosswalk before 128th Ave," the police report states. "The witness then watched the truck pull into the gas station and saw the driver get out and inspect the vehicle for damage. Sgt Stevens stated the witness confirmed the male we were speaking with was the party driving the
Police then asked Helton to perform a sobriety test.
"Mr. Helton advised that he had bad hips, and wasn't on prescription medication," before taking the sobriety test.
Helton was then taken into custody for investigation of driving under the influence, was booked and was processed through Thornton Police.
According to the police report, "Mr. Helton made spontaneous statements about drinking two igloo cups of red wine at 2000 hours on the night of 02-05-2013."
Helton was later released to a "responsible party."
The police report describes Helton as "respectful and professional" throughout the entire process."
The Adams County District Attorney charged Helton with driving under the influence and careless driving Thursday.
His first court appearance is scheduled for May 20 at 8:30 a.m. in Adams County Court.
The following statement from the Colorado Rockies:
We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested this morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization. We know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused to himself, his family, the Colorado Rockies organization and to Major League Baseball.
Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization. The man we have grown to know has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation.
The following statement from Todd Helton regarding his arrest:
"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."
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