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Expert: Josh Brent's BAC equivalent to 17 drinks

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Jurors on the Josh Brent intoxication manslaughter trial heard testimony Wednesday about his blood alcohol content.

A forensic toxicologist, Justin Schwane, testified that Brent's blood was tested twice and both times came back at .18, which is twice the legal limit.

A man of Brent's size would have had to consume 17 drinks to reach that level, he said.

Brent's defense attorney questioned that amount, but Schwane said he believes the results are reliable. Brent's attorney also questioned the credentials of Schwane and the credibility of the testing process itself, suggesting it was contaminated and flawed.

Jurors also watched a video of an Irving police officer walking through the accident debris field, which was three football fields long.

Irving police crash investigator James Fairbairn testified Brent was traveling at least 110 mph in a 45 mph zone

Police pictures showed the scene and the car with wheels ripped off their rims, hood separated and roof crushed after the car went airborne and landed upside down.

Fairbairn said if Brent had driven the speed limit of 45 when his right front tire hit the curb, he could have stopped in 95 feet and teammate Jerry Brown would be alive.

Jurors have already seen police video of Brent failing a field sobriety test and cursing in the back of a squad car about having his blood drawn. They also heard a 911 made just after the crash in which Brent seemed calm and collected, not slurring his words.

Prosecutors are trying to prove Brent was drunk when he crashed his car last December, killing his friend and teammate Brown.

The defense attorney is trying to plant doubt in jurors' minds, claiming Brent is only guilty of speeding and being stupid behind the wheel.

Before the crash, Brent and Brown were partying with other Cowboys teammates at an Irving restaurant and nightclub. Some of those players are expected to take the stand Wednesday afternoon.

Brent could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of intoxication manslaughter. Jurors can also convict him of manslaughter.

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