The NFL pre-season is about to begin, but their DUI season never seems to end.
This week, there have been three more high-profile DUI arrests, two of them belonging to top Denver Broncos executives, and the other belonging to a player who is already on probation for assaulting a police officer.
The arrestees are Denver Bronco’s director player of pro personnel Tom Heckert, director of player personnel Matt Russell and New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.
From the Denver Post:
Heckert, hired in early May as the Broncos’ director of pro personnel, was cited for DUI on June 11 in Parker.According to Douglas County records, he was stopped on South Chambers Road just south of East Main Street in Parker. He was stopped after “striking the median and almost hit the stop light,” the sherriff’s report said.
He was taken into custody at 10:38 p.m. His blood alcohol level was redacted from the report.
Heckert was released to John Spyteck, who worked with Heckert in Cleveland and is now a scout with the Broncos, at 5:45 a.m. June 12. According to the Douglas County Sheriff ‘s Office, Heckert blew a 0.162 on a breath test upon his release nearly seven hours after his arrest, more than twice the legal limit…
Promoted a year ago to director of player personnel, Russell was arrested Saturday evening in Summit County after he rammed his Toyota Tundra truck into a parked Breckenridge Police Department patrol vehicle at approximately 40 miles per hour, according to an arrest affidavit prepared by the Colorado State Patrol.
The officer in the vehicle was taken to Summit Medical Center with neck and back pain and lacerations to his right arm. The officer was treated and released.
The collision with the Breckenridge police vehicle, which was parked on the right side of the road, came a few minutes after Russell allegedly hit a vehicle in Frisco. According to the arrest affidavit, Russell’s breath alcohol content measured at 0.246 — more than three times the legal limit. He had an open bottle of peppermint schnapps in his truck.
Dennard, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail three months ago after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer, was arrested early this morning on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that Dennard was pulled over in Lincoln, Nebraska around 2 a.m. after he was spotted by officers straddling a lane line. He reportedly refused to take a blood-alcohol test.
In addition to his 30-day jail sentence, Dennard was given two years of probation for assaulting a police officer, and this arrest could be considered a probation violation. The judge in his assault case said she would allow Dennard to wait until after the 2013 NFL season to serve his 30-day sentence; it is not clear whether this arrest will make the judge reconsider that.