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Rockies Co-Owner Arrested for DUI

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Charlie Monfort in a 2003 video

Charlie Monfort in a 2003 video

Articles published in various media Tuesday evening report that Charlie Monfort, co-owner of the Colorado Rockies, was arrested Monday on suspicion of DUI in Windsor, Colo., about 60 miles north of Denver. Police Sgt. Gerald Beers said he had no further details, as an article by the Associated Press and CBS 4 reports.

Nick Groke writes for The Denver Post that Monfort was released Tuesday afternoon on a $2,500 bond, and his arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 19 in Weld County court. Monfort, who is 54 and lives in Greeley, was also cited for driving 10-19 miles per hour over the speed limit, Groke writes.

Groke quotes Monfort:

‘I’m extremely disappointed in myself for the decision I made to drink and drive and the potential risk I caused to other innocent people,’ Monfort said in a statement released by the Rockies. ‘I want to apologize to my family, the Colorado Rockies staff, players, Major League Baseball and, of course, our fans for the embarrassment I have caused by my actions.

‘I do understand the seriousness of my behavior and the issues that I am facing and I’m committed to do what’s necessary to deal with my problem.’

Monfort, who became the managing general partner of the Major League Baseball team in 1992, was arrested for DUI in Greeley in 1999, Groke writes. In that arrest, according to police, Monfort had a blood alcohol level of .209, at a time when the then-legal limit was .10, Groke writes. Monfort eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of “driving while ability impaired”; he was sentenced to probation and community service, and was ordered to undergo an alcohol treatment program, AP/CBS 4 writes.

Groke writes that in September, with alcohol on his breath, Monfort tried to “goad” Denver Post reporter Mark Kiszla into a confrontation. (You can hear Mark Kiszla speak about it here.)

During the last two seasons, Monfort has not been involved in the decision-making process of the Rockies; his brother, co-owner Dick Monfort, has been helming the team, Groke writes. Dick Monfort issued his own statement. From the Denver Post article:

‘I am extremely saddened and very disappointed to learn of my brother Charlie’s arrest last night,’ Dick Monfort said in a release. ‘We all understand the seriousness of this offense and the potential consequences involved when the decision to drink and drive is made.

‘I am thankful that no one was injured. As troubling and intolerable as these actions are, I can tell you that I’m focused on helping Charlie get the resources he needs to overcome this problem.’

In February of this year, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested for DUI in the Denver suburb of Thornton after a witness reported seeing a truck driving erratically on Colorado Boulevard, as this blog reported. After pleading guilty to “driving while ability impaired,” he was fined $400 and sentenced to one year of probation and 24 hours of community service, as Yesenia Robles wrote in The Denver Post.


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