Former Major League Baseball player and Tennessee Volunteers baseball player Todd Helton is in a residential treatment program after being cited earlier this month for a DUI crash in West Knox County.
A report from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office says Helton was going northbound on Harvey Road on Monday, March 18, just before 6 p.m. in a Ford F-150 when he left the roadway and hit a steel telephone pole.
The report says 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 says 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. While there has not been a final court decision about his citation, Todd is still taking action,“ said Johnson in a statement. “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. He was previously with the University of Tennessee from 1993 to 1995, winning National Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year in 1995. Helton also played football at UT, appearing in 12 games as a quarterback.
He was previously arrested for DUI in 2013 in Colorado.
He is scheduled to appear in court on April 1.