Colts owner Jim Irsay charged with impaired driving

The one-time youngest NFL owner faces two misdemeanors after being arrested while driving drunk.
By Matt Bradwell  |  May 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM
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NOBLESVILLE, Ind., May 23 (UPI) -- Jim Irsay, Super Bowl-winning owner of the Indianapolis Colts, was formally charged with two misdemeanors today, stemming from a drunk driving arrest in March.

The 54-year-old is charged with one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of driving with a Schedule I or II drug. The charges are Class C Misdemeanors in Indiana.

Irsay was arrested shortly before midnight on March 16 when, according to officers, he came to a complete stop in the middle of the road for no reason and without signaling. Irsay failed field sobriety tests and blood tests later revealed hydrocodone and oxycodone in his blood.

Irsay's attorneys released a statement through the Indianapolis Colts Friday, speaking on Irsay's behalf.

"We want to thank the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office for its professionalism in its investigation regarding Mr. Irsay and for devoting the necessary care and attention to determine the facts in this matter did not warrant the filing of felony charges relative to Mr. Irsay's prescription medications."

Irsay's first hearing is June 19, although he can waive his right to appear that day without delaying trial or negatively affecting sentencing.

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