Rockies Helton pleads guilty to drunk driving; gets fine, probation

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Rockies first baseman Todd Helton walking into court Tuesday May 7, 2013.

THORNTON, Colo. — Colorado Rockies first basemen Todd Helton pleaded guilty to DWAI Tuesday morning, and received one year of probation and a $400 fine from a Thornton court stemming from his arrest in early February.

“I regret standing before you, judge. I’ve taken steps to make sure it never happens again,” Helton told Judge Michael Carry.

“That’s a promise you have to make to yourself,” Carry responded.

According to Thornton Police spokesperson Matt Barnes, Helton was arrested shortly after 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 around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 6.

When officers pulled the vehicle over in the 12870 block of Colorado Blvd., they discovered it was Helton. He was arrested for on suspicion of 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 dressed 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 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.”