Cowboys’ Brent arrested in fatal car crash incident, teammate dead

12/8/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was charged with drunk driving and manslaughter, after he was arrested Saturday morning at the scene of car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Brown released in an official 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 him and loved him.”
The car crash happened around 2:20 a.m. in the Dallas suburbs on Saturday while Josh Brent was driving his Mercedes down the Highway 114, according to police spokesman John Argumaniz. The police aren’t sure how fast Josh Brent was speeding down the 45 mph limit road when his car hit the curb and flipped at least once before coming at a stop in the middle of the road.
“I can say investigators are certain they were travelling well above the posted speed limit,” stated John Argumaniz.
Several motorists who saw the upturned vehicle called 911 for help, but the police still don’t have accounts form eyewitnesses to the car crash in its official report, John Argumaniz said.
When the police arrived at the scene of the crash, they saw Josh Brent dragging an unresponsive Jerry Brown away from the blazing car. Police officers quickly put out the fire, John Argumaniz said.
The police officers gave John Brent a field sobriety test and arrested him for drunk driving. But after Jerry Brown, who was riding in the passenger seat, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, John Brent was booked at the Irving City Jail on additional charges of manslaughter.
Before Josh Brent was booked in Jail, he underwent a blood draw for alcohol testing and also received treatment for minor cuts at the hospital.
Josh Brent and Jerry Brown (currently a linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad) were also teammates at the Illinois University for three seasons.
The Dallas Cowboys signed 25-year-old Jerry Brown to their practice squad on 24th October, four days after he was released by the Indianapolis Colts.
“On behalf of the entire Colts family, our sincerest condolences go out to Jerry’s family and friends,” said Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson. “He was a good teammate that was well liked by all. Today’s tragic news is just another reminder of how fragile life is and how everyday given is a gift.”
Third-year NFL veteran Josh Brent was a key player on the Dallas Cowboys defense, starting at nose tackle while Jay Ratliff struggled with injuries. However, the 24-year-old Josh Brent wasn’t booked on the flight to Cincinnati with the Dallas Cowboys as they travelled for their game against the Bengals on Sunday.
John Brent had 25 tackles as well as 11 ½ sacks playing 12 games (with 5 starts) this season, and earned his first career start in the season opener against the New York Giants on 5th September.
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