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Sunday night Indianapolis police pulled over Colts owner, Jim Irsay, under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was driving slowly, nearly coming to a stop, and failed to use a turn signal. At the traffic stop police found prescription drug bottles in Irsay’s car and placed him under arrest. In addition, Irsay failed many field sobriety tests.
Irsay has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated.
He is being held on $54,000 bail at the Noblesville jail.
Irsay began taking prescription painkillers in 2002 after a number of orthopedic surgeries. He reportedly received treatment for possible abuse shortly after these surgeries.
Outspoken, the Colts’ owner often posts and interacts with fans on Twitter. In October 2013, he stated he had not had a drink in “15 years.”
The year continued to spiral downward for Irsay when his wife ended their strained 33 year-long marriage in November 2013. The couple, with three grown children, has been separated for over a decade. She cited an “irretrievable breakdown” as the reason in the divorce documents.
The NFL has not released a statement about Irsay’s arrest. In past cases, the NFL has fined owners and players for violation of their personal conduct policy.