Rockies' Helton arrested on DUI charge

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DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies say first baseman Todd Helton has been arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

The team says Helton was arrested Wednesday morning in the Denver suburb of Thornton. No other details have been released.

Team spokesman Nick Piburn says Helton "clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision" and the embarrassment it causes to him, his family and the team.

Helton released this statement about his arrest:

"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. 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 Colorado Rockies also responded to the incident with this statement:

"We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested this morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization. We know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused to himself, his family, the Colorado Rockies organization and to Major League Baseball.

Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization. The man we have grown to know has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation."

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