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Rockies Disappointed with Todd Helton Drunk Driving Arrest
Tue, 12 February, 2013
Bad news for Colorado Rockies came early last Wednesday morning. First baseman Todd Helton has been arrested for a DUI, and the team has released a statement claiming their complete disappointment in the incident. Helton, who is 39 years old, was arrested in Thornton on the drunk driving charges. The team’s statement also confirmed that this kind of behavior is taken extremely seriously by the organization.
The team claims that Helton definitely understands the severity of the situation. He knows the kind of damage he could have inflicted on himself, others, and the embarrassment that the Rockies are now feeling as a whole. Helton is certainly facing legal consequences in addition to the consequences the team has in store for him. Because he was arrested on a DUI offense, to be proven guilty, his blood alcohol must have been .08% or greater. If this isn’t the case, he will most likely be at least charged with a DWAI, in which his blood alcohol level will have to be above a .05 and up to .079%. In whichever case, consequences are still looming.
If Helton is a first time offender, Helton may face fines up to $1,000. He may also face a jail sentence. Helton’s driver’s license may also be suspended or revoked for an extended peirod time. He may be eligible to receive a restricted license after 30 days. It has yet to be released exactly what Helton’s blood alcohol level was at the time of the arrest. For first time offenders with a blood alcohol level of .17% or more, an ignition interlock system will be implemented in the driver’s vehicle for two years. Helton will also be required to serve a minimum of 24 hours of community service (commonly called “useful public service” or “UPS” in Colorado) for a DWAI or a minimum of 48 hours community service on a DUI if he convicted or enters into a plea agreement. He will also be required to attend Alcohol education classes and potentially alcohol therapy as well.
Sadly for the Rockies, Todd Helton is the most accomplished player in the team’s history, according to the Post. This is definitely a bumpy start to the player’s reported final season before retiring.
Renck, Troy. “Todd Helton Arrested for DUI Early Wednesday; Rockies ‘Disappointed’”. The Denver Post. 6 Feb, 2013. <http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_22532522/rockies-todd-helton-arrested-dui-early-wednesday-morning>