Investigator Brian Maass has learned that Matt Russell, the Denver Broncos Director of Player Personnel, was arrested and jailed in Summit County over the weekend after police say he was suspected of being involved in an accident the mountain town of Frisco, then crashed into a police car a few minutes later in Breckenridge.
“Any time anybody is impaired and hits a fully-marked police car that person should not have been driving in the first place,” said Colorado State Trooper Nate Reid. “It’s a dangerous profession.”
Sources say after the reported incident in Frisco Saturday evening, area police departments were on alert looking for Russell’s vehicle, a black 2008 Toyota Tundra. A few minutes later a Breckenridge police officer was waiting along Highway 9 on the outskirts of town at about 7:30 p.m. when Russell’s vehicle approached and rear-ended the police cruiser.
The Breckenridge officer was hospitalized with what are described as minor injuries. Police arrested Russell at the scene.
Reid says the officer was later released from the hospital. The accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 9 and Fairview Boulevard. Both the police cruiser and Russell’s Toyota had to be towed from the scene.
Russell was arrested and booked into the Summit County Jail. He is facing charges of driving under the influence, careless driving resulting in injury, having an open container of alcohol in his car, and failure to display proof of insurance.
Records show Russell posted cash bond of $1,000 and was released from jail on July 7, the day after he was arrested.
The State Patrol declined to release any blood alcohol results for Russell. Reid said there did not appear to be any passengers in Russell’s vehicle.
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