Josh Brent: Blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, report says

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent had a blood alcohol level that was more than double the legal limit when the car he crashed his car Saturday morning, killing teammate Jerry Brown.

(Irving, Texas, Police Department / AP)

The Dallas Morning News, citing a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation, reported that Brent failed field sobriety tests after the accident and refused a breathalyzer. Because there was a fatality in the crash, authorities could take a blood sample against his will and ir showed that the 321-pound Brent had a 0.18 level. The limit in Texas is 0.08.

“That’s approximately 14 drinks or so for a man his size,” Dwain Fuller, a forensic toxicologist, told Yahoo Sports.

Brent, who was placed on the Cowboys’ reserve/non-football illness list, is free on $500,000 bond after being charged with intoxicated manslaughter, punishable  Wednesday. Brent is facing charges of intoxication manslaughter, which carries a prison sentence of two to 20 years, along with a potential NFL suspension under the league’s conduct policy.

According to police, Brent was traveling at a high rate of speed when his car struck a curb and flipped. Brown was pronounced dead at a Dallas hospital, with the Dallas County 

Police in suburban Irving say Brent was speeding early Saturday when his vehicle struck a curb and flipped. Brown was taken to a Dallas hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Dallas County medical examiner determined that he died from blunt force trauma to his head and neck.

An arrest affidavit noted that Brent was pulling Brown from the wreck when officers arrived, but a woman who arrived on the scene moments later told the Morning News that she had to urge Brent to pull Brown from the car, which was beginning to burn. Stacee McWilliams told the News and the Associated Press that she has no further comment. George Milner, Brent’s lawyer, told the AP that a police officer told him that the story didn’t jibe with the accident report.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · December 13, 2012