During the offseason there was an unusual rise in athletes mostly football players arrested for DUI/DWI. This incident however unfortunately took a fatal turn. Read more after the jump.
Irving police have now confirmed that Josh Brent, nose tackle for the Cowboys, has been arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter. Jerry Brown, 25, is the person who died. Brown is listed as a linebacker on the team’s practice squad.
An Irving police dispatcher confirmed that there was a fatality accident on State Highway 114 around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Police say Brent was driving at a high rate of speed when his car “hit the outside curb,” flipped over and came to rest in the middle of the road. Brent was responsive at the scene, but Brown was not. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Brent was given a field sobriety test, which he failed, and was hit with a second degree felony charged. He was arrested by Irving PD and booked at 4:14 AM and is being held without bail.
The Cowboys were on a plane to Cincinnati where they are set to play the Bengals on Sunday when media and non-essential personnel were asked to leave the plane. The media was told that Brent was not on the charter.
Brent is in his third season with the Cowboys and was a supplemental draft selection in 2010 after playing at Illinois in college.
This is truly a sad story and I sincerely hope that people will stop drinking and driving, its simply not worth it.