Irving, TX — Josh Brent, the Dallas Cowboys linesman charged with intoxication manslaughter, reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .18 at the time of the one-car accident early Saturday morning that tragically took the life of teammate and passenger Jerry Brown.
The legal limit in Texas and most other states is .08. Brent’s test results allegedly indicating more than twice the legal limit were obtained by the Dallas Morning News from an unnamed law enforcement source. Brent reportedly declined a breathalyzer test at the scene of the crash in the Dallas suburb of Irving, “but because his wreck resulted in a death, authorities could draw his blood against his will,” under Texas law.
The Morning News also explained that “according to one online blood alcohol content calculator, a person Brent’s size would have to drink about 20 shots over a four-hour period to reach that blood alcohol level.” Brent is 6′ 2″ and about 320 pounds.
Brent is free on a $500,000 bond and attended the memorial service for Jerry Brown on Tuesday. Upon being released from jail on Sunday, Brent said “Jerry Brown was my very best friend, and I’m just trying to deal with his death right now,” according to Sports Illustrated.
Investigators could present the evidence they have gathered in the Josh Brent case to the Dallas County district attorney’s office as soon as today. He could face up to 20 years behind bars if convicted on the manslaughter charge.
Although the team is standing behind Bent, ESPN reports that the Cowboys have some decisions to make about Brent’s status:
“Brent was placed on the reserve non-football injury list on Wednesday. With that, the club has the option of deciding whether or not to pay the player the remaining balance of his salary.
“Brent has two years remaining on his contract and he’s making a base salary of $540,000 this season. Brent has three more paychecks coming his way.”
In this developing story, conflicting witness statements have emerged as to whether Brent did or did not try to rescue his teammate from the burning Mercedes after it flipped over and Brent got out. Jerry Brown reportedly died as a result of suffering blunt force trauma to his head and neck.
Texas authorities have also launched an investigation into the nightclub where the Dallas Cowboys players may have been partying before the early morning car crash