Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter after crashing his car and killing his passenger, practice linebacker, Jerry Brown Saturday (Dec. 8).
The defensive tackle crashed his SUV in Irving, Tx. at around 2:20 a.m. He was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb, flipped, and caught fire. Brown’s body was pulled from the wreckage, and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Police performed a field sobriety test on Brent, who may have sustained injuries in the accident. Once transported to the hospital his blood was drawn to determine how much alcohol was in his system, before he was taken to jail. His charges were upgraded to manslaughter after police learned of Brown’s death.
”We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew and loved him.”
According to authorities, Brent is being held without bond. Although it is unknown just how fast he was traveling leading up to the crash, Irving police spokesman, John Argumaniz said that he was driving “well above” the 45 mph speed limit. He was expected to appear in court later Saturday morning but was still too drunk to make the arraignment. “I am devastated and filled with grief,” Brent said in a statement. “Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends, and all who were blessed enough to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time.”
This latest incident is the second time Brent has been busted for driving under the influence. In 2009 he pleaded guilty to DUI, for which he received 60 days behind bars, 200 hours of community service, and a fine. He finished his probation in 2011.
Aside from being on the Cowboys together, Brent and Brown were also teammates at the University of Illinois, for three season.
Brown’s tragic end is the latest NFL related death in the last week. As previously reported, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before taking his own life. Both he and Brown were 25-years-old.
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