Cowboys tackle Brent ordered to wear an ankle monitor

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The Dallas Cowboys player accused this month of driving drunk and killing a teammate was ordered Tuesday to wear an ankle monitor that can detect if he consumes alcohol while he is free on bail.

And nose tackle Josh Brent may not drive until he gets a valid Texas driver's license, according to the Dallas County district attorney's office.

On recommendation of the DA's office, state District Judge Fred Tinsley lowered Brent's bail from $500,000 to $100,000 but set additional bail conditions, said Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman for the Dallas DA.

Brent was driving his Mercedes-Benz when it crashed Dec. 8 in Irving. Police have said he was dragging his friend and teammate Jerry Brown from the burning car when officers arrived.

Brown, 25, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Brent was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated based on a field sobriety test and was taken to a hospital where blood was drawn for alcohol content test. He was booked into jail and was released on bail.

He could be charged with intoxication manslaughter.

His Illinois driver's license, which had been suspended, had expired. Denmon said that if Brent wants to drive, he will have to show proof that he has obtained a Texas license. If that happens, an ignition interlock would be installed on his vehicle under the conditions set Tuesday, she said.

Deanna Boyd,


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