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Josh Brent, Dallas Cowboy player accused in fatal car crash, had alcohol level twice the legal limit, report says

This photo provided by the Irving Police Department shows Dallas Cowboys' Josh Brent. Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after he was speeding early Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Irving, Texas, and his vehicle hit a curb and flipped, resulting in the death of teammate Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Irving Police Department) uncredited

Dallas Cowboys' Josh Brent
AP Photo/Irving Police Department

(CBS/AP) IRVING, Texas - Dallas Cowboys' defensive lineman Josh Brent had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit when he crashed his car killing passenger and teammate Jerry Brown, the Dallas Morning News is reporting.

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Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter in the accident that killed the 25-year-old Brown, an expectant father who just landed a spot on the Cowboys' practice squad.

It was previously reported that Brent failed a sobriety test immediately after the crash and refused to take a breathalyzer test but authorities were allowed to take a blood sample against his will because a fatality had occurred. Brent's blood alcohol level was 0.18 at the time of the crash, according to the Morning News which cites a law enforcement source close to the investigation.

The lineman was arrested at the scene of the accident on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and the charge was upped to intoxication manslaughter after Brown died.

According to a probable cause affidavit released Sunday by Irving police, officers said they detected "a moderate odor of alcohol" from Brent's breath and that he "admitted to consuming alcohol at a club." Police said Brent gave a blood sample at the hospital on Saturday, Dec. 8.

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