Josh Brent’s blood alcohol level was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit in Texas, at the time of the one-car crash in which Dallas Cowboy teammate Jerry Brown was killed.
Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the accident. The Dallas Morning News reported his blood alcohol level from an anonymous law enforcement source. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08.
Brent has been emotionally distraught since the accident, according to his lawyers, and was grateful that Brown’s mother asked him to attend a memorial service for Brown this week.
The Cowboys have supported Brent, a defensive tackle who was Brown’s teammate at Illinois.
“I don’t want to get into specifics of that situation,” coach Jason Garrett said to the assembled media Thursday morning. “There’s going to be a lot of details to come out about what exactly happened and I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to stand up here and address all of the different things. Again, we’ll continue to support Josh — Josh is a member of our family — in every way that we can and at the same time try to help other people who are in a similar kind of situation.”
Brent, 24, is free on $500,000 bond. According to the Dallas Morning News, a spokesman for the Irving Police Department said Wednesday that investigators could present evidence as early as Thursday to the Dallas County district attorney’s office.
Another Irving police spokesman, John Argumaniz, said officers conducted a field-sobriety test on the 321-pound Brent after the accident.