Former MLB, Vols star Todd Helton cited in West Knox DUI crash

Aug 30, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton (17) before the start of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Former Tennessee baseball star and retired Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was cited in a DUI-related crash in West Knox County, authorities said.

According to a report from the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Helton was driving his 2019 Ford F-150 northbound on Harvey Road on March 18 when he struck a telephone pole. The report said Helton told deputies he had taken the sleep aid Ambien prior to driving the vehicle, but authorities spotted a plastic cup that smelled of alcohol.

The report went on to say Helton was not taken into custody but was issued a misdemeanor citation.

In a statement from Helton's attorney, Stephen Ross Johnson, Helton required emergency medical care after the single-vehicle accident and is now in a residential treatment program. The statement said he was not seriously injured.

"Todd is currently in a residential treatment program outside of East Tennessee, receiving the care he needs," the statement reads. "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 played 17 seasons with the Rockies after a stellar career at UT. The five-time All-Star was national collegiate player of the year in 1995. He is the only player in Rockies history to have his number retired.