FRISCO - The Denver Broncos' director of player personnel, Matt Russell, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, careless driving resulting in injury and alcohol-open container in vehicle.
He was sentenced to seven months in jail with work and treatment release authorized.
The case started when Russell's black Toyota Tundra pickup truck allegedly crashed into the vehicle of a Frisco man on Highway 9, near the County Commons in July 2013.
Richard Cross, of Frisco, said he and Russell exchanged information before Russell drove off - and then struck a police car in Breckenridge.
"[Russell] was very cordial [and a] nice guy," Cross said. "I commented to him, 'are you OK?' And he says 'yes, I'm OK.' And I said, 'well, you don't look like you're OK.'
"I could tell he had been drinking," Cross said.
That's when the two men got into their separate vehicles.
"Immediately, when I got in my truck, I called the cops and told them what happened," Cross said. "[I told them] that I was really worried that he was going to hit somebody else."
Cross did the right thing. According to court records, Russell's blood alcohol level was .246. That's three times over the legal limit.
Based on the phone call Cross made to 911, Breckenridge police waited for the alleged drunk driver on the side of the road.
Minutes later, Russell rear-ended that same police SUV that was watching for him in Breckenridge.
Russell, 40, was arrested and booked into Summit County Jail.
"I deeply regret the poor judgment I demonstrated that resulted in my arrest over the weekend," Russell said in a statement released by the Broncos. "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."
"I feel bad for the guy," Cross said. "But, at the same time, he really shouldn't have been on the road."
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