The Denver Post reported Helton was arrested near his home in Thornton, Colo at a gas station. A witness called in a suspicious driver approximately thirty minutes before Helton was arrested around 2:30 a.m.
The police snapped an unfortunate mugshot of Helton that suggests he was over the legal limit. The officers at the scene did test Helton for his BAC but did not say the method. The BAC results will not be available until the police report is released.
Colorado’s DUI laws call for a license suspension of nine months and five days to one year in jail. However the jail time can be suspended if Helton goes through an alcohol treatment program.
With his arrest history and top-notch lawyers Helton will avoid jail time and this shouldn’t be much of a distraction for the Rockies. However, the 39-year-old Helton needs to be cautious. Former MLB first-basemen and announcer Mark Grace was sentenced to four months in prison just one week ago after receiving two DUIs in 15 months.
Helton released a statement through his lawyers that Rockies fans will trust.
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 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.
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