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Rockies co-owner faces DUI charges in the offseason

Now that all teams are out and the World Series winner has been declared, it is offseason for Major League Baseball players and staff. It is no different for those associated with the Colorado Rockies. Instead of preparing for the next baseball season, one of the Rockies co-owners will be focusing on fighting DUI charges.

“I’m committed to do what’s necessary to deal with my problem,” Charlie Monfort said in a statement after his recent arrest for suspicion of drunk driving. The arrest occurred on Monday, Nov. 4. The co-owner stayed in police custody overnight and was released later in the day on Tuesday. His next appearance has been scheduled for Nov. 19 in Weld County.

According to public records, this was not the first time he was arrested based on these suspicions. In 1999, the co-owner was pulled over when an officer suspected that he was intoxicated. Although the blood alcohol test taken by police was twice the .10 legal limit at the time, the attorney was able to get the charges reduced to driving while ability impaired.

Then, this past September, the co-owner was accused of having alcohol on his breath during an argument with Mark Kiszla, a Denver Post columnist who was covering events at the Coors Field clubhouse.

If individuals pulled over for drunk driving know that they consumed even a single drink prior to getting behind the wheel, it may be easy to feel like they don’t have options. It may be easy to feel trapped when an officer’s Breathalyzer machine spits out a reading above the legal limit. At this point, drivers should take a breath and remember that a defense attorney in Colorado is there to remind them that they do have options and rights.

Source: The Denver Post, “Charlie Monfort, Rockies owner, arrested on DUI charges,” Nick Groke, Nov. 5, 2013

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