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Jim Irsay facing charges

May 23 2014, 10:53pm CDT | by , in News

Jim Irsay facing charges
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Indianapolis Colts Owner Irsay has been formally charged with two misdemeanors resulting from his March driving arrest.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been formally charged with two misdemeanors resulting from his March driving arrest.

In a report Via ESPN -- The Hamilton County prosecutor's office has charged Irsay with one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a C misdemeanor, and one count of operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body, also a C misdemeanor. The substances were oxycodone and/or hydrocodone, according to prosecutors.

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Legal experts tell the Indianapolis Star that jail time is unlikely for a first-time offender such as Irsay.

The probable cause affidavit indicates that the Colts owner's speech was "slow and slurred," his eyes were "red and glassy" and his balance was "very unsteady." He failed a number of field sobriety tests, had trouble reciting the alphabet and told an officer "that he was having a hard time finding his house."

In addition, a search of his vehicle found prescription drugs in bottles, police said in a press release. The drugs were not associated with any prescription bottles in the vehicle, according to police.

An initial hearing is scheduled for June 19.

A statement on behalf of Irsay was issued by his legal team, Voyles, Zahn & Paul.

"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," the statement read. "Mr. Irsay will deal with the remaining misdemeanor charges through the judicial process."

Commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week at the NFL owners meetings in Atlanta that he was waiting until he received "information or more facts" before deciding the measures he would take against Irsay.

"The NFL's Personal Conduct Policy applies to all league personnel and holds all of us accountable," Greg Aiello, the NFL's senior vice president of communications, said in an email.

 

"We are reviewing the matter and will take appropriate action in accordance with the policy."

The Colts owner -- whose father, Robert Irsay, owned the team before him -- has spoken publicly about his struggles with substance abuse as well as his efforts to stay sober.

After his arrest Irsay "voluntary checked into a highly respected health care facility," according to the Colts.

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