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Dallas Cowboys scout and ex-player Josh Brent tased, arrested in Wendy’s parking lot

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In 2018, the number of Crimes Against Persons dipped 5.3 percent compared to 2017, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.
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In 2018, the number of Crimes Against Persons dipped 5.3 percent compared to 2017, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.

Former Dallas Cowboys player and current team scout Josh Brent was arrested Sunday by Coppell police and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Police said they received a welfare concern call for the 800 block of MacArthur Boulevard. The caller said a man was sitting in the grass talking to himself and that he was concerned for him. Once police arrived, they determined the man was drunk, according to a press release.

Police told Brent he was going to be arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, and he started to become uncooperative with officers and resisted being put in handcuffs, police said.

“Officers attempted to verbally de-escalate the situation, but Joshua Brent ignored their commands,” police stated in the release.

An officer used his Taser on Brent and took him into custody. During the follow-up, Brent admitted to police he was drunk, according to police.

After medics cleared Brent, he was taken to the Carrollton Police Department Jail for booking. He was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest, and Coppell police are reviewing the incident to determine whether additional charges are applicable.

A video posted by WFAA appears to show Brent running from and tussling with police.

The Cowboys declined to comment on Brent’s arrest.

This is the latest in a litany of alcohol-related issues for Brent, who crashed his car while driving with Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown on Dec. 8, 2012. Brown, a close friend who had also been Brent’s teammate at Illinois, died in the crash. Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter, convicted and sentenced to 10 years’ probation and 180 days in jail.

Brent, who also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in 2009, failed two drug tests while out on bail after Brown’s death.

He has worked in the Cowboys’ scouting department for the past four years as the team has tried to support him. He also faces scrutiny under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy, which applies to all NFL personnel and team employees.

The Cowboys originally selected Brent in the seventh round of the 2010 supplemental draft.

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