Indiana: Colts Owner Irsay charged with OWI impaired and pocket full of pills

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay charged with drunk driving and with a pocket full of pills by Carmel Police.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay charged with drunk driving and with a pocket full of pills by Carmel Police.

Carmel Police report that on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 11:41pm, James S. Irsay (54 years old) was stopped in the 13000 block of Horseferry Road, Carmel, IN for driving at a slow rate of speed, stopping in the roadway and failure to signal turn. During the course of the investigation, Irsay subsequently failed several roadside field sobriety tests and was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated (I.C. 9-30-5-2(A) /A-Misdemeanor). During the inventory of Irsay’s vehicle, multiple prescription drugs were discovered in pill bottles. These Schedule IV prescription drugs were not associated with any prescription bottles found in the vehicle. He was also charged with Possession of Controlled Substance (I.C. 35-48-4-7 (A) /D-Felony, 4-counts). Irsay is currently being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $22,500 bond. From Sports Illustrated: Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay will be charged with two misdemeanors after his arrest for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance in March, according to FOX59 News.

The Hamilton County prosecutor’s office later released a statement.

The Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed one count of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, a Class C Misdemeanor and one count of Operating a Vehicle with a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance or its Metabolite in the Body, a Class C Misdemeanor against James S. Irsay.

FOX59 News reports the substances were oxycodone and/or hydrocodone. Irsay could face a 60-day jail sentence for each misdemeanor charge if convicted. Irsay originally faced four felony counts including the DUI and preliminary possession charges.

A source told FOX59 News that the OWI count is a result of Irsay “mixing medications” and then driving along Horseferry Road when he was stopped shortly before midnight by a Carmel police officer who reported that he witnessed erratic driving.

Irsay allegedly told the officer he had recently purchased a home in a nearby subdivision and was unfamiliar with its location.

A search of Irsay’s vehicle revealed as many as five medications in a briefcase, a duffle bag and in the personal possession of the NFL owner. There was no indication of alcohol or street drugs in Irsay’s possession.

A source indicates that investigators have spent the last two months analyzing the pills found in Irsay’s possession to determine their identity, quantity and origin.  Some of the dosages are inconsistent with a typical patient’s therapeutic need or Irsay’s prescriptions, according to the source. The seized medications were in quantities that, while perhaps excessive for personal use, did not rise to the level of dealing status.

The filing of charges was delayed while Irsay’s blood samples were sent to a private laboratory for analysis, as the Indiana Department of Toxicology does not test for all prescription substances.

MMQB: Roger Goodell’s Irsay problem

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has drawn criticism for allowing Irsay to participate in the Colts’ draft day activities and Indianapolis’s bid for the 2018 Super Bowl. On Wednesday, Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark accused Goodell of being hypocritical in his lack of action following Irsay’s arrest in light of his record of disciplining players in trouble with the law.