Skip to content

Todd Helton pleads guilty to DUI, gets probation and $400 fine

May 7, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

todd helton dui mugshot

Todd Helton received one year of probation, a $400 fine, and 24 hours of community service today after pleading guilty to “driving while ability impaired” stemming from a DUI arrest in February.

Helton was arrested after driving to a gas station near his house to buy lottery tickets, telling police officers that he’d consumed “two igloo cups of red wine” after striking a median. His blood-alcohol level was .102, which is above the legal limit.

Helton released a statement at the time, which included an apology, and the Denver Post reports that he also apologized in court by saying: “I am very regretful. I have taken measures to ensure it never happens again.”

Activated from the disabled list over the weekend after missing two weeks with a strained forearm, Helton is in the final season of his contract with the Rockies at age 39.

  1. cocheese000 - May 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Doubt he was going there to buy lotto tickets. Maybe going to get hooker?

  2. sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Yeah, that punishment’ll deter him. I’m amazed that DUIs aren’t mandatory jail time, at least for a few days. They just wait for someone to kill someone or destroy significant amounts of property before they do anything real.

    • jtpercell - May 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      In Colorado, any second alcohol-related driving offense carries mandatory jail time, as does any first offense with a BAC of .200 or over.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        I believe this is what you are look for JTPercell. According to Colorado law, Article 2.1a states, ‘A second offense of consumption of more than 1 Igloo (TM) will result in automatic license suspension, a fine of no more than 1000 dollars, and a mandatory jail sentence of no more than 30 days,’.

      • kevinbnyc - May 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Doesn’t this kind of prove sabatimus’s point? You need to be almost 3x the legal limit, or do it again to face mandatory jail time?

      • badintent - May 8, 2013 at 2:24 AM

        Todd going NFL or NBA stupid with booze and driving. He’ made over $100million, why can’t he afford a driver/body guard/ personal valet to drive him around. ? I would.So would the rest of us. Is he related to Carton Fisk , same problem. Send him to Sheriff Joe’s tent prison in Zona for DUI’s. 120F in the shade should wake him up a bit.

  3. jcmeyer10 - May 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Noting the seriousness of the offense first. I do find it funny his unit of measurements to describe how much wine he drank.

    • samu0034 - May 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      More than a Dixie cup, less than a Big Gulp.

  4. shaggytoodle - May 7, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    He looks worse than .102. in that picture..

  5. 13arod - May 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    not like he hurt anybody or property damage

  6. duckthefodgers - May 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    gimme a liter o’ cola.

  7. westcoastredbird - May 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Dude next time you need a lotto fix call Peyton. He’d be glad to be your designated driver.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. D. Wright (3094)
  2. J. Fernandez (2541)
  3. D. Span (2493)
  4. Y. Cespedes (2465)
  5. G. Stanton (2461)
  1. Y. Puig (2268)
  2. F. Rodney (2178)
  3. M. Teixeira (2175)
  4. G. Springer (2133)
  5. G. Perkins (1984)