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Report: Broncos execs' blood alcohol levels more than twice legal limit

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell registered a BAC of .246. (Summit County Sheriff's Office)
Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell had a blood alcohol content of .246. (Summit County Sheriff's Office)

The Denver Broncos are already dealing with the fallout of having two front office executives charged with DUI. That fallout is probably only going to get worse after the blood alcohol levels of both Tom Heckert and Matt Russell were revealed on Wednesday.

Russell, who turned 40 on July 5, registered a blood alcohol content of .246, according to ABC 7 in Denver. That's more than three times the legal limit of .08 in Colorado. Russell crashed his Toyota Tundra into a patrol car to start a chain of events that led to his arrest.

According to the police report from the incident, Russell failed a voluntary roadside sobriety exercise and told the arresting officer that he had consumed "two green drinks."

The officer also found peppermint schnapps inside Russell's truck. Russell, the Broncos director of player personnel, also "had no recollection of the accident," according to an officer's report.

Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert registered a BAC of .162 seven hours after his arrest. (Douglas County Sheriff's Department)
Director of pro personnel Tom Heckert had a BAC of .162. (Douglas County Sheriff's Department)

As for Heckert, the Broncos director of pro personnel registered a blood alcohol content of .162, according to the Denver Post. It's not known exactly what Heckert's BAC was immediately following his arrest at 10:38 p.m. because that information was redacted from the police report.

Heckert blew the .162 when he was released from jail at 5:45 a.m., according to the Post, almost seven hours after he was arrested.

Both men can probably expect a harsh punishment from the NFL. Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand was suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell following Lewand's guilty plea to driving while impaired in 2010.

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