Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was arrested Saturday and charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of teammate Jerry Brown, police said.
According to a report released by Irving police, Brent was behind the wheel of a car at 2:21 a.m. when it hit a curb, causing the vehicle to flip at least once before coming to rest in the middle of a service road. When officers arrived on the scene, Brent was responsive and able to speak. Brown, 25, was unresponsive and transferred to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police confirmed to NFL.com.
Officers suspected alcohol played a role in the accident and had Brent perform field sobriety tests. Brent was eventually taken into custody.
The charges were altered from driving while intoxicated to intoxicated manslaughter when police learned Brown died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
Brent, who played football at the University of Illinois, is no stranger to driving under the influence. In February 2009, he was arrested near campus for driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and speeding, according to Champaign County, Ill., court records.
In June 2009, Brent pleaded guilty to DUI and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, two years of probation, 200 hours of community service and a fine of about $2,000. As part of his plea deal, prosecutors dropped one count of aggravated DUI/no valid driver's license. Brent successfully completed his probation in July 2011, court records show, KSHB news reported.
Brent and Brown were college teammates at Illinois and were living together, a team source told NFL.com.
Brent is in his third season with the Cowboys. A promising nose tackle, he had emerged as a starter for the NFL team this year after Jay Ratliff, the team's starting defensive tackle, suffered injuries.
Brown was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad on Oct. 24. He was previously on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad before his Oct. 20 release.
Brent played in 12 games this season, starting 5. Brown had not played in any games.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones issued a statement expressing his condolences to Brown's family.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Jones said, according to Reuters. “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.”
The manslaughter charge came exactly a week after another NFL tragedy. Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend nine times, killing her, then drove to the team training facility and killed himself on Dec. 1.