Jim Irsay Indianapolis Colts owner arrested for DUI
Its not just NFL players behaving badly, USA Today reports Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay could be charged with four felony counts after being arrested Sunday night by Indiana police. According to Indiana police reports, Jim Irsay was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.
Jim Irsay was released after his late night arrest from the Hamilton County Jail at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday. He has not made a public comment but was picked up from the jail in a BMW.
According to the arrest reports, Jim Irsay, 54, was driving late Sunday night and was spotted by police officers after a series of illegal actions including driving at a slow rate of speed, failing to use his turn signal and stopping and starting on the roadway- all actions which indicate a driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Lt. Joe Bickel of the Carmel Police Department released the following statement: "During the course of the investigation, Irsay subsequently failed several roadside field sobriety tests," Bickel said. After the DUI arrest the Indiana the police searched his vehicle and located drugs. During the search, according to police, "Multiple prescription drugs were discovered in pill bottles. Including Schedule IV prescription drugs, which were not associated with any prescription bottles found in the vehicle."
What did the Colts say about the Jim Irsay DUI arrest?
The Colts have issued a statement about the DUI arrest of Jim Irsay. According to the statement, the club continues to support their owner but has declined to make any further comments until the state has filed formal DUI charges. They also noted that a DUI hearing has been tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday, March 26.
Jim Irsay has admitted to issues with pain killers in the past. In fact, in 2002, Jim Irsay admitted that he had several years of orthopedic operations and procedures, accompanied by long bouts of chronic pain. Because of these surgeries and painful conditions Irsay admits he became dependent on prescription pain medications. After his issues in 2002, he received professional help in a treatment facility outside of Indiana. Irsay claims that after treatment he had dealt with his dependence and his chronic pain issues."
DUI penalties in Indiana
Indiana drivers who are charged with a Class C Misdemeanor will receive up to 60 days in jail and fines up to $500. Drivers with a high BAC or blood alcohol concentration, however, may receive up to a year in jail and fines up to $5,000. Drivers can also receive a license suspension up to 2 years, court fees up to $300 and probation up to 2 years.
Depending on the circumstances of the DUI arrest, drivers may also have to install an ignition interlock device on their car, perform community service and attend substance abuse education classes. If Jim Irsay is charged with a felony DUI his penalties and fines could be much higher than those listed above.