Jim Irsay formally charged with 2 counts of DWI

Charges stem from March 16 arrest

INDIANAPOLIS - Colts Owner Jim Irsay was formally charged Friday with two counts of driving while intoxicated in connection with his arrest in Carmel in March.

Court documents obtained by RTV6 show that Irsay was charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated.

Irsay was arrested by Carmel police on March 16 after being pulled over for allegedly driving too slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal.

During the pullover, police said Irsay failed several sobriety tests.

A search of his car allegedly turned up several prescription drugs in pill bottles. Carmel police said the "schedule-IV prescription drugs" were not associated with any prescription bottles found in the car. Police also found $29,000 in cash in the vehicle.

According to court documents, a blood test revealed Irsay had oxycodone and/or hydrocodone in his system during the time of his arrest, but no alcohol.

In 2002, Irsay admitted to a past dependence on painkillers and said he had undergone treatment.

Irsay voluntarily checked into a health care treatment center in March the same day he bonded out of jail.

Irsay is scheduled to appear in court in Hamilton County on June 19.

Irsay's attorneys released the following statement:

"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."

The NFL released the following statement Friday afternoon:

"The NFL's Personal Conduct Policy applies to all league personnel and holds all of us accountable. We are reviewing the matter and will take appropriate action in accordance with the policy."

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