Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested, accused of driving while intoxicated

Community reacts to Jim Irsay’s arrest

Kendall Downing reports on Jim Irsay’s arrest and what implications it could have.

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CARMEL (March 17, 2014) – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been arrested in Carmel after being pulled over Sunday night.

The arrest happened around 11:40 p.m. Sunday at 131st Street and Horseferry Road, according to the Hamilton County Jail officials. He faces preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. A source tells FOX59’s Russ McQuaid that Irsay had pills with him.

Irsay was taken to the Hamilton County Jail with bond set at $22,500. A bond hearing is set for 1:30 p.m., according to jail records.

The Indianapolis Colts released the following statement following Irsay’s arrest:

“We are gathering information at this time regarding last night’s incident involving Jim Irsay. The team will issue additional statements when the facts are sorted and we are aware of the next steps to this process. Many fans have reached out to express their concern and we appreciate their support.”

Irsay has a documented history of problems with prescription drugs. In 2002, he admitted he had an addiction to painkillers that started in 1995 after rumors of a federal investigation swirled. He said several operations resulted in chronic pain and that he had sought treatment for his problems.

Irsay made the admission as the Colts were negotiating with then-Mayor Bart Peterson to keep the team in Indianapolis.

In 2002, after admitting his problems with painkillers, Irsay released the following statement:

“After several years of orthopedic operations and procedures, accompanied by long bouts of chronic pain, I became dependent on prescription pain medications.  This summer I sought professional help at a nationally recognized facility located outside Indiana.”

An October 2013 tweet is also drawing attention regarding Irsay’s arrest:

In December, he followed up with this tweet:

In November 2013, Irsay and his wife Meg filed for divorce. The couple had been married for 33 years.

Allison Melangton from Indiana Sports Corp issued the following statement:

“Jim Irsay has created one of the best franchises in the NFL. He and the franchise have made immeasurable contributions to the City of Indianapolis and State of Indiana. We don’t have any detailed information about the incident and it would not be appropriate to comment on this further.”

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