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Alcohol level of Rockies’ Monfort more than three times legal limit

Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort was pulled over for speeding in Windsor on Monday night, before being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and recording a breath alcohol concentration level of more than three times the legal limit.

According to an arrest affidavit from the Windsor Police Department, Monfort, 54, was stopped for speeding (41 mph in a posted 30 mph zone) in a 2011 black Toyota pickup at 7th Street and Garden Drive at 9:39 p.m. Once police contacted Monfort, they noticed a strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

The police officer observed Monfort’s eyes to be bloodshot and watery, he had difficulty with his gross motor skills (fumbling fingers), slurred his speech and was unsteady on his feet in a swaying motion, according to the report. Monfort admitted to having “about two beers,” but refused voluntary roadside tests. After Monfort was read an expressed consent, he submitted to a breath test and his breath alcohol concentration was recorded at 0.284, more than three times the legal limit of .08.

In his statement to police, Monfort said: “I had about two beers. I won’t be under the limit. OK, more than two. I apologize.”

Monfort was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol and also issued a speeding ticket.

Monfort, a Greeley native who still lives in Greeley, was booked into Weld County Jail in Greeley just after midnight. He was released Tuesday afternoon on a personal recognizance bond, essentially giving his word to return to court for his Nov. 19 arraignment to face the misdemeanor charge.

Windsor police Lt. Richard Higuera said Wednesday that Monfort’s arrest was normal enforcement.

Monfort’s first brush with the law regarding drinking and driving occurred 14 years ago.

He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence June 23, 1999, after leaving Old Chicago, 2349 19th St. in Greeley. He registered a 0.209 blood alcohol level, which at the time was more than twice the state’s limit.

In May 2000, Monfort pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired. He was sentenced to 18 months probation.

The Colorado Rockies released a written statement from Monfort on Tuesday night.

“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,” the statement read. “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.”


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My Windsor Now Updated Nov 8, 2013 01:01PM Published Nov 25, 2013 11:43AM Copyright 2013 My Windsor Now. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.