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Denver Broncos executive appears in Summit County court on DUI charges

A Denver Broncos executive facing driving-under-the-influence charges was in Summit County court Friday for a pre-trial conference.

Matthew Russell, 40, of Denver, is charged with one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without proper proof of insurance, careless driving resulting in injury and driving with an open alcoholic container, all misdemeanors. He is represented by Denver attorneys Harvey Steinberg and David Blair of Springer & Steinberg P.C.

During the hearing 5th Judicial District deputy district attorney John Franks said there was little to tell the court in terms of an update. Franks, who recently took over responsibilities for prosecuting the case, told Summit County Court Judge Edward Casias new information had recently come to light that would need further investigation before the district attorney’s office could extend Russell a plea deal.

Citing conversations with Breckenridge Police Department officers, Franks said the new information was medical in nature, but he did not elaborate.

Casias ordered the hearing continued until December. Russell is scheduled to return at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The charges against Russell stem from his arrest in July in Breckenridge after an undisclosed third party initiated a report of a drunken driver to local law enforcement. According to reports, Russell was driving erratically on Colorado Highway 9 heading southbound from Frisco to Breckenridge.

According to police records, a Breckenridge Police Department officer traveling northbound on Colorado Highway 9 spotted Russell’s vehicle approaching in the southbound lane. The officer initiated a U-turn and parked on the shoulder, waiting for Russell to pass. Russell rear-ended the patrol car, causing minor injuries to the local officer, according to records.

Russell also was allegedly involved in another traffic crash in Frisco shortly before rear-ending the police vehicle in Breckenridge, reports stated.

At the time of the incident, Russell was the director of player personnel for the Denver Broncos. He was suspended indefinitely without pay by John Elway, the Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations, following his arrest.

Russell also was allegedly involved in another traffic crash in Frisco shortly before rear-ending the police vehicle in Breckenridge, reports stated.


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The Summit Daily Updated Nov 1, 2013 09:20PM Published Nov 1, 2013 05:02PM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.