DENVER — According to a team statement, Colorado Rockies first basemen Todd Helton was arrested for DUI in Thornton on Wednesday morning.
“We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested this morning,” the statement read. “This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization. .. Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization.
“Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation.”
According to Thornton Police spokesperson Matt Barnes, Helton was arrested shortly after 2:30 a.m. Barnes said his office received a call from a witness who was following a Ford F-150 that was driving erratically southbound in the 13500 block of Colorado Boulevard.
When officers pulled the vehicle over in the 12870 block of Colorado Blvd., they discovered it was Helton. He was arrested for DUI and careless driving.
According to an arrest affidavit, the witness saw Helton hit a median and then pull into a gas station parking lot. Officers discovered Helton’s truck parked in front of the gas station with the driver’s side door open and the vehicle still running.
The reporting officer said Helton, who was dress in camouflage gear, initially denied hitting the median and appeared confused when trying to find his identification. He eventually explained to officers that he had consumed “two igloo cups of red wine” at 8 p.m. the night before.
Helton did consent to field sobriety and breath tests. After he performed both, he was put under arrest.
Helton also issued a statement shortly after the team, saying he was driving to a gas station at the time of his arrest.
“I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions,” Helton 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 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 said. “I humbly ask your forgiveness.”
The team did not speculate about possible sanctions that could be forthcoming from the team or from Major League Baseball for the fan favorite, who has been with the Rockies since 1997.
The 39-year-old, who is coming off a hip injury that cut his 2012 season short, has said this upcoming season will likely be his last. Helton has also had chronic back issues that have caused him to miss time in recent years.
Pitchers and catchers report to Rockies training camp in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Feb. 10. Position players like Helton report on Feb. 16.