Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said he had "two igloo cups of red wine" before being arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence and careless driving, according to an incident report released by the Thornton Police Department on Thursday.
Helton's admission occurred during the booking process. Helton made "spontaneous statements about drinking two igloo cups of red wine" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the police report.
At 2:08 a.m. Wednesday, an officer responded to a call from a driver that a black pickup truck was weaving on Colorado Boulevard and had struck a median. The officer located the vehicle soon afterward at a gas station at 12780 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton.
The officer first made contact with Helton, 39, when Helton walked out of the gas station holding his wallet, chewing tobacco and lottery tickets. The officer detected a "strong odor" of alcohol. Helton initially tried to avoid eye contact, and his speech was slurred and hard to understand, according to the report. The officer described Helton's eyes as bloodshot and watery. Helton told the officer that he was at the gas station to get his truck washed, echoing what he told The Denver Post in a brief conversation Wednesday.
Helton was informed that another driver had contacted police regarding a possible DUI. The driver alleged that Hel- ton turned into the oncoming lane on Colorado Boulevard, swerved and hit a median on the left near a crosswalk before 128th Avenue. Helton denied hitting the curb.
After his arrest, Helton consented to a breath test while traveling to the police station and was "respectful and professional throughout the entire process."
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