Colts owner Jim Irsay faces two misdemeanor charges

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Hamilton County, IN, United States (4E Sports) – The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office has filed two misdemeanors against Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay after a March driving arrest.

Irsay has been charged with one count of operating 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.

If Irsay is convicted, the misdemeanor charges carry 60-day jail sentences. They were filed Friday in Hamilton County, Indiana.

“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,” Irsay’s legal team Voyles, Zahn & Paul said in a statement on behalf of their client.

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

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to address how he plans to discipline Irsay, saying he wants to see how the legal case proceeds.

Irsay was arrested March 17 in Carmel, Indiana, for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated. At the time of his arrest, police say he had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle.

After his arrest, Irsay immediately entered a rehabilitation facility. He was in the Colts’ situation room on the second day of the NFL draft.

He also attended this week’s NFL meetings in Atlanta, where he made a pitch for Indianapolis to host the 2018 Super Bowl. The game was awarded to New Orleans.

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