Faces Four Felony Charges For Possession of Controlled Substances
Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested and charged with drunk driving and possession of a controlled substance overnight in Carmel according to various Indianapolis news reports. Bond for Irsay's release was preliminarily set at $22,500. It's unclear why bail was set so high, not that it would be a deterrent to the billionaire's ability to bail out of jail. In the past, Irsay admitted to having an addiction to pain killers and was hospitalized several times for drug overdoses. Despite evidence that Irsay had engaged in prescription drug fraud to procure pain killers, local prosecutors refused to pursue criminal charges against him out of concern that it could have jeopardized his ownership of the Colts.
UPDATE: WTHR provides this additional information about the controlled substances found in Irsay's car after he was pulled over by Carmel police: "Police say they found 'multiple prescription drugs' in pill bottles. According to police, 'these Schedule IV prescription drugs were not associated with any prescription bottles found in the vehicle.'"
UPDATE II: It looks like Irsay has been initially charged with four felonies concerning his possession of various controlled substances (i.e. prescription drugs like Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Talwin, Ambien):
Irsay faces four preliminary counts of felony possession of controlled substances, Bickel said. The charges are Class D felonies, which each carry a penalty of six months to three years in jail. He also faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of operating while intoxicated.
Formal charges are not always the same as the preliminary charges cited by police when they make an arrest.
Steve Stoesz, a criminal defense attorney in Hamilton County, said the felony charges could be dropped if Irsay has prescriptions for the drugs found in his vehicle. He added the four charges Irsay faces for possession of a controlled substance likely indicate that he had four different types of drugs in his possession.Star sports writer Bob Kravitz tells us that we should feel sorry for the billionaire, who he describes as "fighting for his life" and "needs help."
WISH-TV had video of Irsay being released from the Hamilton County jail this afternoon accompanied by his high profile criminal defense attorney, James Voyles.