Broncos executive arrested on suspicion of DUI

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Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 7:01 AM

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell apologized Monday for his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The Colorado State Patrol said Russell was arrested Saturday after rear-ending a Breckenridge police officer's SUV that was stopped on the shoulder of Colorado 9. The officer, suspecting Russell was drunk, had pulled over to wait for Russell to pass, troopers said. Russell and the officer were taken to hospitals and released.

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

Russell was arrested on charges of DUI, no proof of insurance, careless driving causing injury, and having an open container after colliding with the officer's vehicle. He was freed on bond Sunday.

The Broncos said in a written statement Monday that the team was "extremely disappointed and concerned."

In a statement released by the team, Russell apologized for what he called an inexcusable mistake and said he regretted his poor judgment.

"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's statement said.

The team said it was still gathering information and would handle the matter in accordance with NFL policies.

"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," the team said.

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