Denver Broncos player personnel director arrested for DUI, hitting parked cop car

By: News services
July 8, 2013 Updated: July 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm
photo - Matt Russell after his arrest over the weekend.
Matt Russell after his arrest over the weekend. 

BRECKENRIDGE - Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell is apologizing for his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

State troopers say Russell was arrested Saturday after rear-ending a Breckenridge police officer's SUV that had stopped on the shoulder of Colorado 9 to pull over Russell, who was suspected of driving drunk. Russell and the officer were taken to hospitals and released.

Town spokeswoman Brodie Boilard says Russell had been in a minor accident earlier Saturday, and the other driver called police after suspecting Russell was intoxicated.

Russell, 40, was arrested on charges of DUI, no proof of insurance, careless driving causing injury, and having an open container. He was freed on bond Sunday.

Russell apologized in a statement released Monday by the Broncos, who said the organization is "extremely disappointed."

"I'm ashamed that I represented this region and the Broncos organization in the manner that I did," Russell said in a statement released by the Broncos Monday afternoon. "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 played for the University of Colorado and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1997. The linebacker retired in 2000 because of knee injuries.

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