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Josh Brent had a prior DUI arrest in college


The arrest for intoxication manslaughter was not the first time Josh Brent has been charged with drinking and driving.

The Cowboys nose tackle, who was arrested Saturday morning after a one-car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown also had a drunken driving arrest in Illinois when he was in college.

In June 2009, he was sentenced to two years probation and 60 days in jail as part of a plea deal from a March 2009 DUI arrest in Champaign County, Illinois.

According to Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz (via, Brent was speeding when his vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once. The accident happened around 2:20 a.m.

The spokesman said Brown was unresponsive at the scene, and pronounced dead at the hospital. Brent was then booked at 4:14 a.m.

That it was Brent’s second arrest on drunk driving charges is the sickening part of an avoidable tragedy.