(CHICAGO TRIBUNE) — Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is expected in court this morning over Saturday’s charge of manslaughter after a car he was driving crashed and killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr.
Police in the Dallas suburb of Irving said that Brent, 24, was driving at high speed on a state highway at 2:21 a.m. Saturday when the car slammed into an “outside curb, causing the vehicle to flip at least one time before coming to rest in the middle of the service road.”
Brown, who had been in the passenger seat, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital a short time later. Brent suffered “minor scrapes” and was booked into the Irving jail, where he awaited arraignment, police said.
“Officers at the scene believed alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash,” police said, adding that Brent was given a sobriety test. “Based on the results and the officer’s observations and conversations with Price-Brent, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated,” Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said at a news conference.