INDIANAPOLIS (March 17, 2014) – Colts owner Jim Irsay was intoxicated on pills and going 10 mph in a 35 mph zone when police stopped him in Carmel Sunday night, court documents said.
According to the probable cause affidavit following his arrest around 11:40 p.m. Sunday near 131st Street and Horseferry Road, police stopped Irsay’s silver Toyota Highlander after seeing the SUV going 10 mph in a 35 mph zone. The car also came to “a complete stop in the middle of the road…then started driving again and came to another complete stop in the middle of the road,” court documents said. “Mr. Irsay then continued driving again and made a turn without using a turn signal.”
According to the investigating officer, Irsay displayed poor manual dexterity. His eyes were glassy and blood shot; his speech slurred and his balance unsteady. He failed multiple field sobriety tests.
The investigating officer “performed a DRE evaluation on Mr. Irsay…(the officer) concluded the results of the evaluation to be Mr. Irsay is intoxicated with CNS depressants.”
CNS depressants are a class of drugs that includes tranquilizers and sedatives. Some examples are benzodiazepines (marketed commercially as Xanax and Valium), non-benzodiazepine sleep aids (Ambien or Lunesta) and barbiturates (Luminal Sodium, Nembutal).
Police found “multiple prescription drugs in pill bottles” in Irsay’s vehicle. The prescription drugs were “not associated with any prescription bottles found in the vehicle.”
Irsay submitted to a portable breath test, which showed a reading of 0.01, court documents said.
Irsay verbally refused to take a chemical test, police said. Authorities obtained a search warrant ordering a test. A blood draw was performed and sent to the Indiana State Department of Toxicology for testing. Prosecutors will determine if Irsay has a prescription for the drugs, which may have an impact on criminal felony drug possession charges.
He was charged with a count of operating while intoxicated and four counts of possession of a controlled substance.