Broncos executive Matt Russell sentenced to seven months for DUI last summer

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - Denver Broncos executive Matt Russell was sentenced Friday to seven months in jail and two years of probation for a DUI last summer on the night after his 40th birthday.

Court records show the Broncos' director of player personnel pleaded guilty Friday to driving under the influence. Documents released last summer show he had a .246 breath-alcohol content at the time of his arrest -- three times the legal limit of .08.

Russell's jail sentence comes with work release and participation in a court-ordered treatment plan. He must also complete 120 hours of community service during his two years of probation.

Prior to his arrest, Russell was driving his pickup in Frisco when he crashed into another vehicle, State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid told 7NEWS last summer. He stopped and exchanged information with that driver.

Later, Reid said, someone called the "Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately" tipline and reported a suspected drunken driver in a Toyota pickup heading south on Highway 9 from Interstate 70 toward Breckenridge.

A Breckenridge patrol officer had pulled over onto the shoulder of Highway 9, waiting for the pickup to pass so he could make a traffic stop, when the pickup slammed into the back of the patrol car at about 40 mph, according to an arrest affidavit for Russell.

The officer was transported to a hospital with neck and back pain and a cut on his arm, the affidavit said. He was treated and released.

Russell "had no recollection of the accident whatsoever," according to the document.

When the trooper asked how much alcohol Russell had consumed, he replied, "two green drinks," according to the affidavit. The trooper said he recovered a half empty fifth of Hiram Walker peppermint schnapps from the Tundra.

In addition to pleading guilty to DUI, Russell also admitted to careless driving resulting in injury and having an open container in his pickup. A charge of failure to display his proof of insurance was dismissed.

The Broncos provided this team statement about the sentencing:

"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.”

In about 60 days, the court will bill Russell for restitution for the damage caused in the crash.

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