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Colts Owner Charged With Two Counts Of Impaired Driving


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The Colts Owner and CEO was arrested in March for erratic driving. Officers searched his car and found bottles containing prescription pills and almost $30,000 in cash.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay faces two counts of impaired driving in connection with his March arrest in Carmel.

Prosecutors allege he had “oxycodone and/or hydrocodone” in his system when a Carmel police officer pulled him over near Horseferry Road and Main Street for driving erratically.

The Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Friday 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.

According to police, Carmel officers who took an inventory of Irsay’s vehicle recovered prescription medication bottles containing pills” for which Irsay could not provide a perscription, and $29,029 in cash.

The maximum penalty for each charge is 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Irsay’s attorneys released the following statement through the Colts:

“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. Mr. Irsay will deal with the remaining misdemeanor charges through the judicial process.”

The charges are pending in Hamilton County Superior Court IV in Noblesville, and an initial hearing is currently scheduled for June 19.

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