Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested early Saturday morning for intoxication manslaughter after he was involved in an accident that took teammate Jerry Brown’s life.
According to Irving police, Brent’s car was traveling at a high rate of speed on a State Highway 114 service road before it hit the outside curb at approximately 2:30 a.m. The car flipped at least one time and skidded an estimated 900 feet before coming to rest in the middle of the service road, police said.
Brent was trying to drag Brown from the burning car when police arrived at the scene. Brown was unresponsive and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Brent was booked in the Irving city jail at 4:14 a.m. Saturday morning. The two teammates go back further than just the Cowboys. They both played at Illinois together from 2007-2009.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones offered his condolences to Brown’s family and friends.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “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.”
Illinois head coach Tim Beckman also offered his condolences to Brown’s family from his Twitter account.
Sad news for the Illini #Family today. Jerry Brown, former Illini and current NFL player has passed away. Keep him in your prayers.
— Tim Beckman (@coachbeckman) December 8, 2012