Former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was sentenced to two days in jail over a 2019 DUI arrest in Tennessee, Knoxville assistant district attorney Sean McDermott confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Monday.
Following a one-car automobile accident on March 18, 2019, Helton received a misdemeanor citation for driving under the influence. According to the police report obtained by USA TODAY Sports, Helton's vehicle crashed into a pole. He claimed that he had taken an Ambien in the afternoon, however, the officer on duty wrote in the report that Helton had a cup in his car that smelled like alcohol.
Helton then pled guilty to a first-offense DUI, which gave him the sentence of 11 months and 29 days on unsupervised probation and suspended his license for one year. According to McDermott, Helton was also ordered to pay a $250 fine, attend a victim impact panel and serve "48 hours in custody."
Helton, 46, had a previous DUI arrest in Colorado in 2013.
Helton spent all 17 seasons of his career with the Rockies. In his career, he batted .316 with 369 home runs and a .953 OPS. He's been on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame three times and has an upward trajectory of being inducted; in 2020 he doubled his total votes.
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