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Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay Arrested for Intoxicated Driving

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AP—AP This mug shot provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department shows Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. Authorities say Irsay is in jail after being stopped on suspicion of drunken driving. Hamilton County Sheriff's Department Deputy Bryant Orem says Irsay was arrested Sunday night, March 16, 2014, in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel. (AP Photo/Hamilton County Sherriff's Department)

Jim Irsay, who was arrested after failing police sobriety tests, is facing a preliminary misdemeanor charge for driving while intoxicated, as well as four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, 54, was arrested late Sunday night for intoxicated driving after he failed police sobriety tests and prescription drugs were discovered in this car.

On Sunday night, Irsay was pulled over while driving slowly near his home, and for other suspicious driving behaviors like stopping and failing to use turn signals, the Associated Press reports. Irsay then failed multiple roadside sobriety tests. So-called Schedule IV drugs were discovered in his car, and were reportedly not connected to any prescription bottles. Schedule IV substances include such drugs as Xanax, Darvocet and Ambien.

The Associated Press reports that Irsay is facing a preliminary misdemeanor charge for driving while intoxicated, as well as four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, he could face six months to three years in jail for each charge. He is being held in jail at a $22,500 bond.

Irsay has said he doesn’t drink, but admitted in 2002 having become addicted to painkillers after a years-long series of orthopedic operations. He said he had overcome the dependency.

Irsay’s spokeswoman Myra Borshoff Cook declined to comment to the Associated Press. Colts spokesman Avis Roper told the Associated Press: “The team will issue additional statements when the facts are sorted and we are aware of the next steps to this process. Many fans have reached out to express their concern and we appreciate their support.”


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