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Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort arrested on DUI charges

A high-profile DUI arrest has hit the Rockies organization for the second time this year.


Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and speeding on Monday in Windsor, Colo., per court records.

Monfort, 54, was driving between 10 and 19 mph over the speed limit when he was pulled over by police. He was released on a $2,500 bond Tuesday afternoon and will be arraigned in Weld County court on Nov. 19, according to the Denver Post.

Unfortunately for Monfort, this is not the first time he's been arrested for a DUI. In 1999, Charlie was pulled over in Greeley, Co. with a blood alcohol content of .209, and later pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired .

Monfort released the following statement Tuesday evening.

"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. 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."

Six weeks ago, troubling signs presented themselves when Monfort reportedly attempted to goad Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla into a physical confrontation while a heavy scent of alcohol oozed from his breath.

If it wasn't clear then, it's clear now that Charlie needs help with this issue, and hopefully Monday's events will finally allow him to get it as his brother Dick noted earlier tonight.

"I am extremely saddened and very disappointed to learn of my brother Charlie's arrest last night. 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."

Alcohol may also be one of the reasons why Charlie has been distanced from the day-to-day operations of the Rockies and his brother Dick has taken complete control of the team. Charlie has not been involved in the decision-making process since 2011.