Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was arrested for possible DUI last weekend in Colorado after being involved in an accident with a police vehicle, authorities told NFL.com and NFL Network on Monday.
|Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was arrested Saturday and charged with DUI in Colorado, authorities said. (Summit County Sheriff’s Office)|
Russell was charged with DUI, having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, careless driving resulting in injury and failure to display proof of insurance, according an affidavit obtained by NFL Network and NFL.com.
Russell was accused of hitting a silver 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe, a police vehicle, shortly before 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Breckenridge, Trooper Nate Reid of the Colorado State Patrol said. An officer inside the SUV was not seriously hurt.
Earlier in the night, Russell got in an accident with another car in Frisco, just north of Breckenridge, town spokeswoman Brodie Boilard told NFL.com and NFL Network. After the accident, both drivers stopped and exchanged insurance information, and Russell left.
"At that point, the other driver realized (Russell) was intoxicated and called the police," Boilard said.
Then the Breckenridge crash happened.
Russell joined the Broncos in 2009 as the team's director of college scouting and was promoted to director of player personnel in January 2012.
Russell was out of jail Sunday on bail.
Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post wrote that Russell's position with the Broncos could be at risk considering the severity of the charges. Russell also could be subject to the NFL's personal-conduct policy.
The Broncos released a statement saying they were "extremely disappointed and concerned" with the incident. Russell also released a statement through the team and expressed remorse.
"I deeply regret the poor judgment I demonstrated that resulted in my arrest over the weekend," Russell said. "I apologize to the Denver Broncos, our fans and the National Football League for this inexcusable mistake. I'm ashamed that I represented this region and the Broncos organization in the manner that I did. I take complete responsibility for my actions and will be fully accountable. Going forward, I will take steps to ensure this never happens again."
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