Josh Brent being held in Dallas jail after failing second drug test
Court records in Dallas County on Thursday that Brent tested positive for marijuana after results from urine sample provided on June 19 initially came back on Tuesday. Authorities issued a bench warrant for Brent’s arrest after which the player turned himself in to the police Thursday afternoon and was booked into Dallas’ Lew Sterrett Justice Center.
Brent is being held without bond behind bars until his next court date on July 19, the Dallas County Sheriff's Dept said. The 25-year-old’s July 19 hearing was rescheduled by a judged from its original date last week due to allegations he’d failed a first drug test. Authorities said Brent previously tested positive for THC metabolite following drug testing for a urine sample submitted on May 24.
"The defendant in this case has been repeatedly warned of the condition of pre-trial release in this case," the affidavit in Brent’s case read. "His continued use of marijuana demonstrates a pattern of conduct in disregard of this court's authority to properly supervise his pre-trial release."
Dallas prosecutors asked Judge Robert Burns back in May to revoke Brent’s bond from a previous arrest after they said his alcohol monitoring device detected the presence of alcohol. The judge initially prosecution’s request and ordered Brent to submit breath samples for more monitoring of his alcohol intake. After Brent failed his second drug test, the prosecution one again asked that he should be sent back to jail but he still remained free.
Brent had been previously free on a $100,000 bond following his arrest in connection to the death of his best friend and teammate Jerry Brown Jr. in a car incident last December. Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter and driving under the influence after the car he was driving flipped resulting in Brown's death on the spot. According to police reports, Brent registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.189, more twice the legal limit of .08.
The three-year veteran ended the 2012 regular season on the Cowboys’ reserve/non-football injury list as a result of injuries from the car crash and is likely to face suspension from the league for violating the personal conduct policy, although the NFL officials are awaiting for Brent's legal situation to be completed before rendering a decision on his future. Brent remains on the Cowboys 90-man roster with the front office too preferring to let the judicial system determine his future with the franchise.
Brent could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the intoxication manslaughter chargers.