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Rockies' Helton charged with DUI

 
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DENVER (AP)

Five-time All-Star Todd Helton has been arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

Image: Todd Helton (© Thornton Police Dept./AP)

Rockies 1B Todd Helton was arrested on a DUI charge Wednesday morning.

Thornton Police Dept.

The Colorado Rockies first baseman was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Denver suburb of Thornton.

In a statement released by the Rockies, Helton says he is embarrassed and apologized to his family, the team and the community.

He added, ''I humbly ask your forgiveness.''

Officials in Thornton say Helton was arrested after someone called police to report a drunken driver. They say Helton's blood-alcohol content was over the legal limit but they haven't released the number.

Helton is a career .320 hitter. The 39-year-old played only 69 games last year before undergoing hip surgery in August. He is expected to return for his 17th season this year.

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