DA extends offer to Broncos executive in Breckenridge DUI case
An offer is on the table in the driving under the influence case against Matt Russell, director of player personnel for the Denver Broncos, 5th Judicial Deputy District Attorney John Franks said Wednesday, April 9.
Russell, 40, was due in Summit County Court Wednesday for a pretrial conference, but the matter was reset for pleading and sentencing at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 23 in county court.
Although an offer has been extended to Russell, Franks said he could not comment about the specifics of the deal until it is formally accepted. Barring any schedule changes, Franks said the terms of the deal will be made public during Russell’s hearing next month.
Russell is charged in county court with one count each of DUI, driving without proof of insurance, careless driving resulting in injury and driving with an open alcoholic container in the vehicle.
He was arrested in July 2013 after he allegedly rear-ended a Breckenridge Police Department squad car while traveling southbound on Colorado Highway 9, according to Colorado State Patrol records. The police officer was transported to Summit Medical Center with minor injuries and released shortly after the incident, records stated.
Prior to the alleged crash in Breckenridge, Russell also was allegedly involved in another traffic crash on Main Street in Frisco. Russell stopped and exchanged information with the other driver involved in that incident, records stated.
Russell was suspended indefinitely without pay by the Denver Broncos in the days immediately following his arrest. He returned to his post in September 2013 after about two months away from the team.
Russell is represented by Denver attorney Harvey Steinberg. Franks was standing in Wednesday for deputy district attorney Alexandra Deitz, who is prosecuting Russell. Summit County Judge Edward Casias is presiding over the case.
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