Rockies first baseman Todd Helton pleaded guilty Tuesday in an Adams County (Colo.) court to charges of "driving while ability impaired." He was sentenced to one year of probation, 24 hours of community service and fined $400, according to the Denver Post.
The charges stemmed from an early February arrest. At the time, Helton issued the following statement:
“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.”
Helton again expressed regret Tuesday in court.
"I am very regretful," he said (Denverpost.com). "I have taken measures to ensure it never happens again."
Blood alcohol tests back on the night of the arrest showed Helton at a level of .102, and he admitted to having "two igloo cups of red wine" that night (DenverPost.com).
Helton, 39, is hitting .267/.327/.400 with one homer, three doubles and 10 RBI in just 49 plate appearances this season. He recently returned from the disabled list, as he was dealing with a forearm injury.