By Karen Brooks
(Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was arrested and charged with manslaughter on Saturday after a car he was driving crashed and killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr in the second tragedy involving NFL players in a week.
Police in the Dallas suburb of Irving said Brent, 24, was driving at a high speed on a state highway at 2:21 a.m. when the car slammed into an "outside curb, causing the vehicle to flip at least one time before coming to rest in the middle of the service road."
Brown, 25, who was in the passenger seat, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital a short time later. He was a linebacker on the team's practice squad.
Brent failed a sobriety test and was booked into Irving jail and charged with manslaughter for driving while intoxicated. He had emerged as a starter for the NFL team this year after Jay Ratliff, the team's starting defensive tackle, suffered injuries.
Brent played in 12 games this season, starting 5. Brown had not played in any games.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones issued a statement expressing his condolences to Brown's family.
"We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown. Our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry's family and all of those who knew him and loved him."
The arrest of Brent came exactly a week after Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death, then drove to the team training facility and killed himself.
(Reporting by Karen Brooks; Editing by Greg McCune and Jackie Frank)
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