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

May 7, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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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.

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