According to the Colorado State Patrol, Russell was arrested on Saturday night after he hit two cars in Summit County -- one of them the Breckenridge police car.
Russell, whose 40th birthday was Friday, was driving a black Toyota Tundra pickup in Frisco when he collided with the first car, said State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid. Russell stopped and exchanged information with the other driver.
Later, Reid said, someone called the Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately tipline and reported a suspected drunken driver in a Toyota pickup heading south on Highway 9 from Interstate 70 toward Breckenridge.
A Breckenridge patrol officer had pulled over onto the shoulder of Highway 9, waiting for the Tundra to pass so he could make a traffic stop, when the pickup slammed into the back of the patrol car at about 40 mph, according to an arrest affidavit for Russell.
The officer was transported to a hospital with neck and back pain and a cut on his arm, the affidavit said. He was treated and released.
In the affidavit, State Trooper Andrew Gasparovic wrote that Russell said he "had no recollection of the accident whatsoever." The trooper wrote that Russell's speech was slurred, he had a strong odor of alcohol, he was having trouble maintaining his balance and his eyes were bloodshot and watery.
Russell failed a voluntary roadside sobriety exercise. He then registered a .246 breath-alcohol content on a portable breath tester, Gasparovic said in the affidavit. The threshold for a DUI violation in Colorado is .08.
When the trooper asked how much alcohol Russell had consumed, he replied, "two green drinks," according to the affidavit. The trooper said he recovered a half empty fifth of Hiram Walker peppermint schnapps from the Tundra.
Russell was arrested, checked out at a hospital, then booked into the Summit County jail on investigation of DUI, careless driving resulting in injury, having an open container and driving without proof of insurance.