Colts owner Irsay arrested on suspected DWI

Updated: March 17, 2014, 10:07 AM ET

By
Mike Wells | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested late Sunday night after being stopped on suspicion of drunken driving.
Irsay, 54, is being held on preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated.

Irsay was arrested in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Ind., according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. His bond is set at $22,500.
Carmel police Lt. Joe Bickel says he can’t immediately release details about the arrest because he is gathering information.
Irsay will be subject to league discipline under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, which applies to all NFL personnel.
Irsay, who became owner of the team in 1997 after his father Robert Irsay passed away, is the seventh Colts player or front-office official to be arrested since January 2010. The Colts are worth $1.6 billion, according to Forbes magazine.
Irsay tweeted on Oct. 21, 2013, that he hadn’t had a drink in more than 15 years. He admitted in a statement in 2002 that he had an addiction to pain killers.
“After several years of orthopedic operations and procedures, accompanied by long bouts of chronic pain, I became dependent on prescription pain medications,” Irsay said in the 2002 statement. “This summer I sought professional help at a nationally recognized facility located outside Indiana. I have successfully dealt with my dependence and my chronic pain issues.”
Marion County prosecutors said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigated how Irsay obtained the painkillers. Federal authorities wouldn’t confirm any investigation was taking place. Prosecutors at the time said they saw no reason to charge Irsay.
A plastic surgeon who wrote painkiller prescriptions for Irsay later surrendered his federal permit to prescribe narcotic drugs.
Irsay’s wife of 33 years, Meg, filed for divorce last November.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Previously worked at Indianapolis Star
Also covered Vikings for St. Paul Pioneer Press

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