Club un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Source of al­co­hol in­volved in fa­tal crash comes un­der state scru­tiny.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Domingo Ramirezjr. Fort Worth Star-tele­gram

Agents with the Texas Al­co­holic Bev­er­age Com­mis­sion are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a club where Dal­las Cow­boys play­ers might have been be­fore a wreck killed one player early Satur­day in Irv­ing and put an­other in jail.

If vi­o­la­tions are found, the club, which a TABC of­fi­cial did not iden­tify Sun­day, could be fined or its li­cense could be can­celed.

De­fen­sive tackle Josh Brent, 24, re­fused to tell Irv­ing po­lice the name of the club when ques­tioned at the scene of the ac­ci­dent where fel­low player Jerry Brown Jr., 25, was killed, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest war­rant af­fi­davit re­leased Sun­day. Brent was driv­ing a 2007 Mercedes-Benz and was ar­rested shortly af­ter the wreck, po­lice said.

Ra­dio sta­tion 105.3 The Fan re­ported that Brent and Brown had been at Pri­vae Dal­las, a pri­vate club where co­me­dian Shawn Wayans per­formed Fri­day night. Of­fi­cials with Pri­vae Dal­las could not be reached Sun­day, but a Twit­ter ac­count reg­is­tered to the club in­di­cated that team mem­bers were at the club Fri­day. “#Cow­boys!! Sur­prise Celeb guests!!” it said.

TABC agents be­gan their in­ves­ti­ga­tion early Satur­day, just hours af­ter the crash.

“We’re es­tab­lish­ing where they had been and if they were sold al­co­hol while they were drunk,” agency spokes­woman Carolyn Beck said.

Beck said that agents will in­ter­view pa­trons, servers, bar­tenders and any other wit­nesses who were in the club. In ad­di­tion, agents will gather re­ceipts and ob­tain video from sur­veil­lance cam­eras at the club.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion could take days or it could take months,” Beck said.

Bail was set Sun­day at $500,000 for Brent, who faces a charge of in­tox­i­ca­tion manslaugh­ter with a ve­hi­cle in the death of Brown. The two were also team­mates at the Univer­sity of Illi­nois.

Lo­cal tele­vi­sion news sta­tions were re­port­ing Sun­day that Brent’s at­tor­ney, Ge­orge Mil­ner of Dal­las, called the bail amount “ex­ces­sive,” but Irv­ing po­lice said Brent was free af­ter post­ing bail Sun­day evening.

Brent de­clined to pro­vide a blood spec­i­men to au­thor­i­ties at the scene of the crash early Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. He was taken to a hospi­tal for a manda­tory blood draw be­cause a death was in­volved, Irv­ing po­lice said.

Re­sults of the blood tests could take weeks, au­thor­i­ties said.

An Irv­ing of­fi­cer at the scene said that he “could smell a mod­er­ate odor of al­co­hol” and “ob­served suf­fi­cient clues to in­di­cate that (Brent) had lost his men­tal and phys­i­cal fac­ul­ties to op­er­ate a mo­tor ve­hi­cle” af­ter he con­ducted field so­bri­ety tests on Brent, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Brent suf­fered mi­nor in­juries in the wreck, po­lice said.

Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair birdied five of the last six holes to win the Franklin Tem­ple­ton Shootout on Sun­day in Naples, Fla.

The 52-year-old Perry be­came the old­est player to win the Shootout, and also won for the third time with a dif­fer­ent part­ner. He won with John Hus­ton in 2005 and Scott Hoch in 2008.

Perry and O’Hair will split $750,000 of the $3 mil­lion purse.

Rory Sab­ba­tini and Charles How­ell III made a charge on the back nine that in­cluded an ea­gle on a par-4 but fin­ished one stroke back at 30-un­der 186. They had a 15-un­der 57 in the scram­ble for­mat in the fi­nal round on the Gold Course at Tiburon Golf Club.

Ja­son Dufner and Vi­jay Singh fin­ished third at 28

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