Cowboys' Brent released on $500,000 bail after fatal crash

Sun Dec 9, 2012 10:55pm EST
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(Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was released on $500,000 bail on Sunday after being charged with intoxication manslaughter in a fatal car crash near Dallas, Texas that killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr., a jail spokesman said.

Brent, 24, appeared at a hearing where he was ordered to post the $500,000 bail bond or remain in jail in the Dallas suburb of Irving. His lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Brent is accused of being drunk when the car he was driving at a high speed flipped on a state highway early on Saturday morning and then caught fire, police said.

Brown, 25, who had been in the passenger seat, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital a short time later.

Brown was a linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad but had not played any games with the team. He had played in one NFL game for the Indianapolis Colts this season before joining the Cowboys.

Brent, who suffered minor scrapes in the crash, has started in five games for the Cowboys and played 12 this season since regular starting defensive lineman Jay Ratliff was sidelined with injuries.

"I am devastated and filled with grief," Brent said in a statement. "Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and team mate, Jerry Brown. I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed enough to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time."

Intoxication manslaughter, a second degree felony, is punishable in Texas by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

When police responded to 911 calls, they found the 2007 Mercedes sedan resting on its roof in the middle of the road and Brent dragging Brown out of the burning car.   Continued...

Dallas Cowboys football player Joshua Price-Brent, 24, is shown in this booking photo supplied by the Irving Police Department December 8, 2012. Price-Brent flipped his vehicle after striking a curb. A passenger in the automoble, 24-year old teammate Jerry Brown, Jr., died in the accident. Price-Brent was later charged with Intoxication Manslaughter. REUTERS/Irving Police Department/Handout