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Wednesday
Feb062013

Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton Arrested For DUI

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving, according to the Thornton Police Department.

"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,” Helton said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”

“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."   

The 39-year-old Helton has spent his entire 16-year big league career with the Colorado Rockies.

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