As you may already know, Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested in Irving in the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 8 for DWI, driving on a suspended or revoked license and having no insurance. The arrest came after a pre-dawn, Dec. 8 car accident that caused the tragic death of Brent's friend, Jerry Brown, Jr., a member of the Cowboys practice-squad. On Dec. 26, Brent was indicted for intoxication manslaughter.
The fatal accident took place on Highway 114 in Irving at about 2:19 a.m. Police have already said they believed Brent was speeding when his car struck a curb and flipped, killing Brown. Later, police said that Brent's blood alcohol content after the crash measured at .189 and that they had found an unopened bottle of alcohol in his car.
This week, police documents, including notes on 911 calls and descriptions of surveillance videos showing Brent's car, were obtained by NBC 5. One interesting point was that surveillance cameras at a nearby Dallas Area Rapid Transit station apparently caught video of Brent's Mercedes sedan at 2:19 a.m., possibly just seconds before the deadly crash. It was also at 2:19 that the in-car phone in the Mercedes automatically called 911, likely in response to the accident.
Based on the police documents, officers have estimated that Brent was driving at least 110 mph -- and possibly as fast as 134 mph at times -- before the fatal wreck, and that the car had flipped while traveling at a speed of at least 100 mph. The reports also say that neither man was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
After the crash, Brent told officers that the steering wheel felt shaky, but police have not found anything wrong with the car.
The grand jury indicted him on charges of intoxication manslaughter, failure to maintain financial responsibility, and driving with an expired and/or suspended license. He could go to trial this summer if a plea agreement is not reached.
If convicted on the intoxication manslaughter charge, Brent could face up to 20 years in prison. While that would be terrible for him, there is little doubt that the death of his friend is far more heartbreaking for the embattled defensive lineman.
- NBCDFW.com NBC 5, Blue Star blog, "Brent Was Speeding Before Fatal Crash," Ray Villeda, Feb. 19, 2013
- NBCDFW.com NBC 5, Blue Star blog, " Josh Brent's BAC .189 at Time of Fatal Crash: Police," Frank Heinz & Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press, Dec. 27, 2012