Famed Colorado Rockies slugger Todd Helton is heading into his final season on the ball diamond this year. With spring training ramping up for teams around the league, the first headlines devoted to Helton in the new year was likely not news Rockies faithful had expected or hoped for.
Helton was recently arrested on drunk driving charges by police in Thornton, Colorado. He was taken into custody at around 2:30 a.m. one night. Helton garnered the attention of area police when a fellow motorist phoned in a tip of a possible drunk driver. Records indicate that police checked Helton's blood alcohol content and that it was above the legal limit. The methods by which authorities tested the five-time All-Star and his actual blood alcohol content were not made known by media reports.
The pro player was driving a Ford F-150 pick-up truck when he was pulled over by police. Helton went through the arresting process, just as any other drunk driver on Colorado's roads would. He was booked in a county jail and issued a court summons. He was released soon after.
Helton, whose fans generally pegged him as a player with high moral character, did not try to skirt responsibility in the matter. He released a statement that asked for forgiveness from his family, fans and team. The Rockies organization echoed those sentiments, saying that the franchise takes these types of charges seriously and that Helton is working to right his wrongs.
Even high-profile celebrities can fall prey to drunk driving. While many people believe stars are treated differently under the law - given more leniency in their cases - that is simply not true. Helton will now face potentially life-altering consequences like any other Colorado resident in his position would. He must work to ensure he doesn't lose his license and minimize fines and stave off any amount of jail time.
Source: Associated Press, "Arrested for DUI, Helton asks for forgiveness," Arnie Melendrez Stapleton, Feb. 6, 2013