NFL player Josh Brent was arrested early Saturday on drunk driving manslaughter charges in connection with a single-vehicle smash that killed Dallas Cowboys reserve Jerry Brown.
According to police, the 24-year-old Brent was driving on Highway 114 at around 2:20 a.m. at a high speed when the vehicle struck a curb causing it to flip before coming to a stop in the middle of the service road, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Brown, 25, was unresponsive at the scene and was taken to a Dallas-area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Brent is the nose tackle for Dallas while Brown was a member of the Cowboy’s practice squad. The two attended university together.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” said Dallas owner Jerry Jones.
“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.”
Brent was arrested for drink driving after being given a sobriety test at the scene of the smash. He was booked into the Irving City Jail on a count of drink driving manslaughter, the newspaper said.
Brown is a former defensive lineman at Illinois University where he was a teammate of Brent. Brown was a linebacker on the Cowboys’ practice team, while Brent is a three-year NFL veteran.
Brent started five games this season for the Cowboys, who are in Cincinnati to play the Bengals on Sunday.
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