Po­lice: Brent over twice le­gal limit

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Nomaan Mer­chant Brent’s blood al­co­hol was 0.189 per­cent, po­lice said.

DAL­LAS — Dal­las Cow­boys nose tackle Josh Brent was driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cense and had a blood-al­co­hol con­tent more than twice the le­gal limit at the time of the car crash that killed team­mate and friend Jerry Brown, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments re­leased by po­lice Thurs­day.

The 24-year-old Brent was tested af­ter the crash in the early hours of Dec. 8 at 0.189 per­cent, well above the Texas limit of 0.08. One po­lice report said Brent was in­tox­i­cated, driv­ing over the speed limit and swerv­ing out of one lane when he struck a curb in Irv­ing, a sub­urb of Dal­las, caus­ing the car to flip over.

The crash report also says Brent was driv­ing with an ex­pired and sus­pended driver’s li­cense ob­tained in Illi­nois, where he pleaded guilty three years ago to driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, a misdemeanor.

Brown was pro­nounced dead at a Dal­las hospi­tal. Brent was ar­rested and in­dicted Wed­nes­day on one count of in­tox­i­ca­tion manslaugh­ter. He faces up to 20 years in prison if con­victed, though he could also re­ceive pro­ba­tion. Brent is free on $100,000 bond and re­quired to wear an al­co­hol mon­i­tor. His at­tor­ney, Ge­orge Mil­ner, did not re­turn a phone mes­sage left Thurs­day morn­ing.

Au­thor­i­ties say they also found an un­opened bot­tle of Cognac liquor in search­ing Brent’s Mercedes sedan, along with “mul­ti­ple re­ceipts” and his iPad and cell­phone. Brent and Brown re­port­edly spent at least part of Fri­day night at the club Pri­vae Dal­las. The iPad and cell­phone found in the Mercedes have in­for­ma­tion “from the events prior to and dur­ing the crash that will aid this in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” other war­rants said.

The 25-year-old Brown was on the Cow­boys prac­tice squad and played with Brent at the Univer­sity of Illi­nois. Brent has been placed on the NFL re­serve/non­foot­ball ill­ness list and won’t play again this sea­son.

No court dates in this case have been sched­uled.

Heath Har­ris, the first as­sis­tant Dal­las County district at­tor­ney, said pros­e­cu­tors hoped to turn over ev­i­dence to Mil­ner as soon as pos­si­ble. He said he wanted to have the case tried “as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

“It has the po­ten­tial to send a strong mes­sage about how we feel about our in­tox­i­ca­tion laws,” Har­ris said.

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