Rockies: Todd Helton arrested on DUI charge

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Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested Wednesday on a DUI charge. (PHOTO: Thornton Police Department)

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested Wednesday on a DUI charge. (PHOTO: Thornton Police Department)

DENVER — Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested in Thornton Wednesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the team announced in a media release.

“This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization,” the release from the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club stated. “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.”

Thornton police received a witness report of a black Ford F-150 driving erratically early Wednesday morning, spokesman Matt Barnes said.

Police stopped the truck at the Conoco gas station at 12870 Colorado Blvd. Helton, the driver, was arrested on charges of DUI and careless driving. He was processed and released.

Helton issued a statement following his arrest:

“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.”

He went on to ask for forgiveness from his family, the Rockies, Major League Baseball and the community.

“I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions,” Helton wrote. “I humbly ask your forgiveness.”

Helton, who was drafted by the Rockies in 1995, holds multiple team records and has won numerous national awards.