Irving police release dash cam footage, 911 calls from Brent wreck

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by MARCUS MOORE & JOBIN PANICKER

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Posted on December 13, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 9:20 PM

DALLAS - According to the Dallas Morning News, which exclusively obtained the report, Josh Brent, the Dallas Cowboy charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of his teammate Jerry Brown Jr., was driving with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.

A law enforcement source said his level was 0.18. –– .08 is legally drunk. The Morning News quotes an unnamed law enforcement source. Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz wrote in an email that "we have not received the results from the lab that processed the blood evidence." 

The department did release brief footage captured by a dashcam along with 911 emergency calls on Thursday.

“I just drove past it. It just happened. There was a car upside down and there was smoke everywhere,” said one caller.

“There's a car in the middle of the road on fire and upside down,” said another.

Brent, 24, was driving himself and Brown home from a club in the early-morning hours Saturday. His 2007 Mercedes hit an outside curb on the frontage road of Highway 114, causing the car to flip.

Brown, 25, died at the scene. Brent was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter. He was released on $500,000 bond. Meanwhile, investigators are still building their case by gathering witness interviews and reconstructing the accident.

“We're not going to rush them. We want them to conduct a thorough investigation,” said Heath Harris, the First Assistant District Attorney handling the case

During a routine news conference at Valley Ranch, head coach Jason Garrett responded to questions about the revelation.

"I don't want to get into the specifics of that situation at all.  There's going to be a lot of details that come out about what exactly happened and I don't think it's appropriate for me to stand up here and address all of the different things.  We'll continue to support Josh.  [He] is a member of our family," Garrett said.

Brent's attorney George Milner told News 8 he had not seen the test results, but said the results do not prove what Bren't alcohol content was at the time of the crash.

Investigators may present the evidence they have in the case to the Dallas County District attorney as early as Thursday.

According to one online blood alcohol content calculator, a person Brent's size would have to drink about 20 shots over a four-hour period to reach that level. Brent is 6'2" and 320 pounds.

"The whole situation is challenging," Garrett said.  "The life part of this thing has been very challenging for everyone."

Brent's attorney, George Milner, is unfazed by the news, questioning instead the time that test was taken.

“You have to prove the person was intoxicated at the time they operated the motor vehicle not one hour [and] 15 minutes after they operated the motor vehicle,” Milner said.

If found guilty, Brent faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. The prosecutor hopes to have the case ready for a grand jury by the end of year.

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