SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The Denver Broncos executive accused of crashing into two cars while drunk in Summit County appeared in court Friday morning.
Matt Russell, the team’s Director of Player Personnel, was convicted of DUI after he ran into the back of a police cruiser in Summit County over the 4th of July holiday in 2013.
Russell rear-ended a car in Frisco, exchanged information with the other driver and then continued on to Breckenridge. The other driver called 911 to report Russell as being drunk and heading towards Breckenridge.
Police were then on the lookout for a drunk driver in a black truck when the truck police say was driven by Russell rear-ended a Breckenridge officer’s cruiser. That police officer spent some time in the hospital and some significant time away from work. He wasn’t in court on Friday because he was at physical therapy.
Russell blew a .246 in a field Breathalyzer test. He posted bond a few hours after being arrested.
Russell was suspended indefinitely from the team and was provided with “confidential treatment, rehabilitation and counseling services.” He has since returned to work.
Some people in court Friday were upset that the case wasn’t tried as a felony.
Russell also received two years of probation. During his seven-month jail sentence he will get work release from the Arapahoe County jail, which is close to the Broncos’ practice facility at Dove Valley.
Statement From The Denver Broncos On Matt Russell
“We are pleased with the commitment Matt Russell has shown to making positive changes in his life since this incident occurred nearly a year ago. In addition to his successful completion of a month-long inpatient treatment program last summer, he has taken full advantage of outpatient counseling resources and passed every substance abuse test administered as part of his reinstatement to this organization.
“We will continue to support Matt as a member of the Denver Broncos and this community.”
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