Rockies first baseman Todd Helton apologized Wednesday after his arrest for driving under the influence and careless driving in Thornton, making no excuses for his actions and asking for forgiveness.
Reached Wednesday, a distraught Helton, 39, repeatedly said he was sorry but chose not to talk on the record and expand on a statement released by the Rockies.
"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," Helton's statement read. "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."
Matt Barnes, a spokesman for the Thornton Police Department, said police received a call at 2:08 a.m. from a witness reporting a pickup truck being driven erratically going southbound on Colorado Boulevard. When police located the black vehicle, it was already pulled into a gas station at 12780 Colorado Blvd. Police arrested Helton at 2:39 a.m., issued a summons and released him to a "responsible party."
Barnes would not comment on how Helton's blood alcohol level was tested, but he said that "he cooperated fully." Barnes also said Thornton's Police Department policy is not to release any alcohol-test results before trial. He said when the investigation is complete and turned over to the district attorney, it is up to that agency whether it's released or not.
Helton, who has spent his career with the Rockies, considered retiring after hip surgery in August, but he decided last month to return for the final season of his contract, which will pay him $5 million. The Rockies released a statement after learning of his arrest.

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