BRECKENRIDGE - Matt Russell, the Denver Broncos' director of player personnel, was arrested on DUI charges over the weekend after police say he hit two cars in Summit County -- one of them a Breckenridge police car.
The first collision was reported as a hit-and-run on Saturday at 7:24 p.m. State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid, however, says Russell did stop and swap information with the other driver.
Later, Reid said, someone called the Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately line reporting a 2008 Toyota pickup driving south on Highway 9 from Interstate 70 toward Breckenridge.
A Breckenridge officer spotted the pickup heading north on Highway 9. The officer turned around and parked on the shoulder to wait for the pickup, Reid said.
Matt Russell ended up rear-ending the officer's patrol car near Fairview Boulevard, Reid said. Both Russell and the officer were taken to Summit Medical Center with minor injuries.
Russell -- who turned 40 on Friday -- was booked into the Summit County Jail after being released from the hospital. He faces charges of DUI, driving without proof of insurance, careless driving resulting in injury and having an open container.
"I deeply regret the poor judgment I demonstrated that resulted in my arrest over the weekend," Russell said in a statement issued by the Broncos on Monday afternoon. "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."
Russell spent Saturday night in jail in Breckenridge and posted $1,000 bond on Sunday.
Russell's position with the team could be at risk given the seriousness of the charges, the Post reported. Russell, who was promoted to his current post in January 2012 by Broncos executive vice president John Elway, could also be suspended or fined under the NFL's personal conduct policy.
"Our organization is extremely disappointed and concerned with the incident involving Matt Russell," the Denver Broncos' statement said. "We immediately expressed our disappointment to Matt, and he is fully aware of the seriousness of this situation. This type of behavior is unacceptable and very troubling. We expect better from all employees, particularly those in leadership positions. These allegations completely contradict the values and beliefs of the Broncos regarding social responsibility."
"We are continuing to gather information and will handle this matter appropriately and in accordance with all NFL policies," the team statement concluded.