Dallas Cowboys lineman Josh Brent’s blood alcohol level was a 0.18, more than twice the legal limit, the night he crashed his car, resulting in the death of teammate Jerry Brown Jr., a law enforcement source told The Dallas Morning News.
In Texas, the legal limit for driving while intoxicated is .08. According to an online blood alcohol content (BAC) calculator, the 321-pound Brent would have to drink about 20 shots over a four-hour period to register a 0.18.
Brent lost control of his 2007 Mercedes, with Brown as a passenger, in the early hours of Saturday, police reports said. Brown, a member of the Cowboys practice squad and a college teammate of Brent, was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony with a maxium sentence of 20 years. Brent, 24, had been convicted driving under the influence in college.
Irving police officers issued a field sobriety test to Brent at the accident scene and judged him to be impaired. He was taken to a local hospital for a mandatory blood draw.
The police have not commented officially on the case while preparing to present it to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office.
Brent’s attorney, George Milner, was skeptical about the BAC reading.
“If it was 0.18, then the question would be what as it at the time he was operating the motor vehicle,” Milner told The Morning News. “Alcohol in your stomach doesn’t impair you in any way. But it takes time to absorb into the bloodstream. So if you have someone who just left a club and recently had a drink, their blood alcohol level will continue to rise over a period of some hours later.”
Brent was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list by the Cowboys on Wednesday. The move means Brent cannot play the rest of the season but can remain with the team while clearing a roster spot for another player. Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire