Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort pleads guilty to DUI from Windsor arrest in November, gets two years probation
January 10, 2014
Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort on Friday pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol. He was immediately sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation as well as six months of sobriety monitoring.
Monfort was arrested Nov. 4 for driving through Windsor with a breath alcohol concentration level more than three times the legal limit.
Outside the courtroom, Monfort told reporters he was "deeply remorseful" for the whole situation and said that "every day is a battle" with a disease like alcohol abuse.
"I am deeply sorry for my actions," he said.
A judge broke down Monfort's sentence to include two years of supervised probation, 120 hours of community service and 45 days of electronic home monitoring with an alcohol detection device. After that, he will be monitored for 135 days with a device known as a SOBERLINK, which may require two breath tests daily.
At a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing on Thursday, he also had his driver's license suspended, his attorney Thomas Grant said. That suspension will last until Oct. 1.
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"This matter was obviously a huge mistake on the part of Mr. Monfort," Grant told the judge. He explained that in Monfort's mind the most recent arrest has become a "turning point" in his life that finally pushed him to do something he wanted to do — seek help.
Monfort has been in an alcohol treatment program for the past 60 days.
The 54-year-old 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. Nov. 4, according to an arrest affidavit from the Windsor Police Department. 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 were 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."
He was booked into Weld County Jail shortly after his arrest, and he was released on bond the afternoon of Nov. 5.
Monfort — a Greeley native whose father, Kenny, was known internationally as a pioneer in the cattle-feeding and beef industries — also was cited for driving 10-19 mph over the speed limit, according to court records.
November's arrest wasn't Charlie Monfort's first run-in with the law.
He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on June 23, 1999, after leaving Old Chicago, 2349 19th St. in Greeley. He registered a .209 blood alcohol level, which at the time was more than twice the state's limit.
The Rockies previously released a statement from co-owner, chairman and CEO Dick Monfort regarding his brother's most recent arrest.
"I am extremely saddened and very disappointed to learn of my brother Charlie's arrest (Monday) night in Windsor, Colorado on DUI charges," the statement read. "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."