Thursday, February 21, 2013
Josh Brent drove at least 110 mph
ESPN.com news services
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was driving at least 110 mph at the time of the December car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown, according to police reports obtained by Dallas-Fort Worth television station NBC 5.
The police report claimed that Brent was driving at a minimum of 110 mph on Dec. 8 and could have gone as fast as 134 mph down Highway 114.
Police in the Dallas suburb of Irving confirmed in late December that Brent, who is out of jail on $100,000 bond, was speeding when his vehicle struck a curb and flipped. Brown was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
Brent was driving with a suspended license and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.189 percent, more than twice the legal limit, at the time of the crash.
The crash report also says Brent was driving with an expired and suspended driver's license obtained in Illinois, where he pleaded guilty three years ago to driving under the influence, a misdemeanor.
Brent, 25, was arrested and indicted on one count of intoxication manslaughter, which carries a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. Brent could be eligible for probation.
Less than two months after the fatal crash, Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The four-time Pro Bowler's blood-alcohol content was 0.16 percent following a Jan. 22 incident in which he sideswiped an 18-wheeler and slammed into a median protector.
In response to the alcohol-related arrests, Cowboys officials met with representatives for Mothers Against Drunk Driving after the Super Bowl earlier this month. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones has acknowledged that the organization needs to "get better in terms of our decision making and our community."
Information from ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins and The Associated Press was used in this report.