(CBS) Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested early Thursday morning near his home in Thornton, Colo. and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

In the wake of his arrest, the 39-year-old first baseman released the follow statement.

Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously.

My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard.

I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies Organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness.