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NFL roundup: Colts owner Irsay faces 4 felony counts

Published On: Mar 18 2014 10:15:47 AM CDT
Jim Irsay Colts owner arrested

Hamilton County Jail

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after being arrested in Carmel, Ind., late Sunday night on suspicion of intoxicated driving.

Irsay also faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. He was arrested in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

The 54-year-old Irsay spent 14 hours in custody, and his initial court appearance is March 26. He was released from Hamilton County Jail at 1:30 p.m. ET Monday.

"The Club continues to fully support Mr. Irsay but must refrain from commenting further at least until formal charges have been filed. A hearing is tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday, March 26," said the Colts statement.

Irsay took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to say thank you to everyone who supports him.

"Deepest thx to family, friends, fans, colleagues for the messages of support, thoughts and prayers. Impossible to tell u how much this means," Irsay tweeted.

Irsay was pulled over at 11:41 p.m. in the 13000 block of Horseferry Road in Carmel, an Indianapolis suburb, Lt. Joe Bickel of the Carmel Police Department said in a press release.

Bickel said Irsay was driving at a slow rate of speed, stopped in the roadway and failed to signal a turn before police pulled him over at 11:41 p.m.

"During the course of the investigation, Irsay subsequently failed several roadside field sobriety tests," Bickel said.

Several prescription drugs were found in pill bottles, according to police. The drugs were allegedly not associated with any prescription bottles in the vehicle.


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