Former Rockies Star Todd Helton gets 2 day jail sentence for DUI

I blogged about Todd Helton’s 2019 DUI here.  Now the case has been resolved, with Helton pleading guilty and being sentenced to a year of probation, two days in jail, a one year driver’s license suspension and fines.

From Fox:

Colorado Rockies great Todd Helton was reportedly sentenced to two days in jail over a 2019 DUI arrested in Tennessee.

Helton received a misdemeanor citation for driving under the influence after getting into a one-car crash in Knoxville on March 18, 2019, when police said his car struck a pole.

The former first baseman indicated he had taken an Ambien in the afternoon of that day, but an officer on the scene said they saw a cup in Helton’s car and it appeared to have “the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”

Helton entered a treatment program after the crash but the case lasted nearly a year before he agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors on March 10, TMZ Sports reported Monday.

A Knox County district attorney’s office spokesperson told TMZ Sports that Helton received two days in jail in exchange for his guilty plea.

He also received nearly 12 months of probation, a $350 fine and had his license suspended for a year.

 

Dwight Gooden arrested for second DUI within weeks

From the New York Post:

Addled former Mets ace Dwight Gooden was arrested Monday night for driving under the influence after heading the wrong way down a one-way street in Newark, NJ — just weeks after another DUI bust involving cocaine, sources told The Post.

The legendary ex-pitcher known as “Doc” — who has been in and out of rehab for years for drug and alcohol addiction — was a mess when he was picked up on Vincent Street near Ferry Street in the Ironbound section around 11:10 p.m., sources said.

“He pissed himself. He was clearly buzzed, really kind of f–ked up,” said an Essex County law enforcement source.

Still, Gooden, who lives in Piscataway, “was cooperative and polite,” the source said.

The source added that Gooden told cops at the scene that he was diabetic. It’s unclear if he actually is, although his late father was diabetic.

Gooden’s car, a four-door black Chrysler, was towed after his arrest, and he was taken to University Hospital in Newark, sources said. A hospital operator said the medical center had no patients by that name Tuesday afternoon.

Read the entire story here.

Dwight Gooden arrested for DUI, Possession of cocaine

From Fox News:

Troubled Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was busted last month in New Jersey for possession of cocaine and driving under the influence, The Post has learned.

The retired pitcher, best known as “Doc,” was arrested June 7 by Holmdel police, who pulled him over just before 1 a.m. and allegedly found him with “two small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine,” according to a criminal complaint filed by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Gooden was pulled over for driving too slowly on a highway, failing to maintain the lane and for having overly tinted windows, which are illegal in the Garden State, prosecutor’s spokesman Christopher Swendeman said.

He was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence at the time, the complaint obtained by The Post on Friday shows.

He also was ticketed for driving under the influence, which is a municipal offense.

Former All-Star Todd Helton charged with DUI after crashing into light pole

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From Knox News:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton has entered a treatment facility following a suspected DUI-related crash in West Knox County.

Helton, 45, was cited, but not arrested, on a charge of driving under the influence after crashing his 2019 Ford F-150 pickup into a telephone pole on March 18, according to the citation. No other vehicles were involved.

The five-time All-Star told police he had taken the sleeping aid Ambien about four hours before the crash. Officers spotted a “travel cup” that smelled like alcohol inside Helton’s truck.

Helton required emergency medical care, according to a statement released Monday by his attorney, Stephen Ross Johnson.

“The Helton family is thankful for the officers and medical professionals who took great care of him,” the statement read. “Because of those first responders, he was not seriously injured.

“Todd is currently in a residential treatment program outside of East Tennessee, receiving the care he needs. He realizes there are parts of his behavior that need to change, and he is focused on doing just that. While there has not been a final court decision about his citation, Todd is still taking action.”

The Knoxville native retired in 2013 after 17 seasons playing for the Rockies, becoming the organization’s first player to have his jersey retired.

That same year, he pleaded guilty to drunken driving in a Denver suburb.

In October, a Knox County judge dismissed a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a crash against Helton in connection with an incident at a West Knox County apartment complex…

Helton is set for arraignment April 1 on the DUI charge.

SF Giants’ Cameron Maybin arrested for DUI

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From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Giants outfielder Cameron Maybin was arrested on a DUI charge in Scottsdale early Friday morning, according to the Scottsdale Police Department.

Maybin had a blood-alcohol level of .142, almost twice the legal limit of .08, and failed multiple field-sobriety tests, according to the police report obtained by The Chronicle.

Driving a 2015 gray Range Rover, Maybin was pulled over at approximately 2 a.m. Friday after drifting from one lane to another and driving 55 mph in a 35 mph zone (and then 60 in a 40), according to the report.

Maybin, 31, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot and watery eyes after consuming five “pretty big” glasses of wine at Ocean 44 in Scottsdale, the report said. He was handcuffed and secured in the back seat of a police vehicle, and his car was impounded.

Jayson Werth pleads guilty to DUI

From the Washington Post:

Former Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth pled guilty last week to driving under the influence in the Scottsdale area. The arrest occurred in April, when Werth was playing at the Mariners’ spring training facility in nearby Peoria. The court sentenced Werth to a diversion program, ordered drug and alcohol screening, charged him more than $1,600 in fines and fees, and suspended his driver’s license.

At the time of his arrest, police reported Werth for three violations: Driving Under the Influence of liquor, drugs, or vapors (a charge applied to someone driving “while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, a vapor releasing substance containing a toxic substance or any combination of liquor, drugs or vapor releasing substances if the person is impaired to the slightest degree”), DUI with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, and driving without current registration. The second two charges were dropped as part of Werth’s plea agreement.

Read the entire story here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/nationals-journal/wp/2018/09/25/former-national-jayson-werth-pleads-guilty-to-dui-charge-in-arizona/?utm_term=.21a3884c3745

Former White Sox, Indian star Albert Belle arrested for DUI, indecent exposure

From the Washington Post:

Former Orioles, Indians and White Sox outfielder Albert Belle was arrested Sunday night and charged with indecent exposure and DUI after he was allegedly seen urinating in the parking lot of a Scottsdale, Ariz., soccer stadium.

Belle, 51, was arrested by Salt River police outside Phoenix Rising Stadium, according to the Arizona Republic, and booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office jail, according to a spokesman from the sheriff’s office. Belle was later released on his own recognizance, according to the spokesman.

Court records obtained by the Republic show that a man complained to police that his 15-year-old daughter had seen Belle urinating beside the driver’s side door of his car in the parking lot. The man yelled at Belle, who allegedly responded by shaking his genitals at the father and daughter.

Belle denied urinating in public, the statement said, but officers saw two wet spots next to the car in the parking lot. Officers also said Belle had bloodshot eyes and his breath smelled like alcohol. He admitted to the verbal altercation and told police he had driven his car

He was booked on suspicion of two counts of indecent exposure, driving under the influence and DUI with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.