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Man should not be praised after causing drunk driving death

There are few types of car accidents that are more avoided than ones that are caused by drunk driving. It's as simple as choosing not to get behind the wheel after you've had anything to drink. Texas readers have no doubt heard about the recent story about the death of a member of the Dallas Cowboys football team.

According to police, Cowboys player Josh Brent had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 when he caused the accident that led to death of teammate and best friend Jerry Brown. Brent is facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter due to the car accident. He is currently free on bond and was able to attend a memorial service for Brown.

  - Article By Richard Weaver

According to police, Brent's car was speeding at the time it hit a curb, flipped and caught on fire. There are conflicting reports about Brent's actions after the accident. According to police, he was the one who pulled Brown from the wreckage, but a woman who witnessed the accident said she repeatedly had to plead with Brent to get him to pull Brown from the wreckage. She said Brent was anything but helpful in the aftermath of the crash.

Police drew blood from Brent without his permission. He had refused a breath test, but police are allowed to involuntarily draw blood if there is a death involved with the accident.

There are numerous accounts praising Brent for his actions to pull his friend from the car, but even if he did do that, it doesn't excuse his actions of drinking and getting behind the wheel. That is always a reckless choice.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Josh Brent's alcohol level after crash reportedly twice legal limit," Melissa Rohlin, Dec. 13, 2012

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