Former Rockies star Todd Helton cited for DUI after Tennessee crash

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Retired Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton during picture day for the Rockies before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Saturday, June

Retired Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton during picture day for the Rockies before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is in a residential treatment program after being cited earlier this month for a DUI crash near Knoxville, Tennessee.

A report from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said Helton was driving a Ford F-150 northbound on Harvey Road just before 6 p.m. March 18 when he left the roadway and hit a steel telephone pole.

The report said Helton admitted he had taken an Ambien a few hours earlier. While officers were retrieving Helton’s vehicle information, they found a plastic travel cup that smelled of alcohol.

Officers could not perform a field sobriety test because he was taken to Parkwest Hospital for observation.

Helton was given a misdemeanor citation for driving under the influence. While at the hospital, he voluntarily gave blood for testing.

Helton’s attorney Stephen Ross Johnson said he is currently in a residential treatment program outside of East Tennessee receiving care.

“He realizes there are parts of his behavior that need to change and he is focused on doing just that,” Johnson said in a statement. “While there has not been a final court decision about his citation, Todd is still taking action. Todd Helton has spent much of his life in the public eye and has tried hard to be a role model. Even more importantly, he is a father and wants to set the best example possible for his kids.”

Helton was a first baseman for the Colorado Rockies from 1997 to 2013 and was named an MLB All-Star five times. The Rockies retired his #17 in 2014. 

Helton played the University of Tennessee from 1993 to 1995, winning National Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year in 1995. 

He was previously arrested for DUI in 2013 in Thornton, Colorado.

He is scheduled to appear in court on April 1.

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