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Police: Cowboys’ Jay Ratliff had blood-alcohol twice legal limit

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Police say Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit the night he was arrested after a car accident.

Grapevine police on Monday said Ratliff’s blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.16 percent. Texas’ drunken-driving standard is 0.08 percent.

Ratliff was arrested last week after a late-night accident in Grapevine, about 20 miles northwest of Dallas. Ratliff’s pickup truck sideswiped a semitrailer truck. Police say he later failed a field sobriety test.

He is accused of driving while intoxicated.

Ratliff refused a breath test, but police obtained a warrant for a blood sample.

His arrest came weeks after fellow Cowboy Josh Brent was indicted on an intoxicated manslaughter count in the Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend and Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown.



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