Former Vol and Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested for suspicion of DUI, according to team sources.
A source told our sister station, 9News in Denver, that a witness contacted Thornton Police when they witnessed a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck driving erratically southbound on Colorado Boulevard.
When officers contacted the driver, the driver pulled into a Conoco gas station in the 12000 block of Colorado Boulevard. Police identified the driver as Helton.
Helton was taken into custody for investigation of driving under the influence, was booked and was processed through Thornton Police and was later released to a "responsible party." The Adams County District Attorney will look at filing formal charges.
The Colorado Rockies issued this statement:
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.
Todd Helton released this statement:
"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."