. . . While law enforcement officials decline to discuss Irsay's specific case, the blood draws conducted by the Carmel Police Department are tested by the Indiana Department of Toxicology, which has struggled for years to implement reforms, and has a current backlog of eight months for drug testing.
The delays are because the department has not had a stable staff for years, and its caseload grew from 5,960 in 2012 to 6,690 last year.
That doesn't necessarily mean Irsay's blood draw results won't be ready for another six months, however. The department does expedite certain cases when requested. But the backlog shows that problems have lingered at the department since a 2011, when an Indianapolis Star investigation revealed testing errors and dysfunction . . .
Officials won't say what tests are being done for Irsay's case, or who might be doing them. But Carmel Police obtained a warrant to draw two vials of blood from Irsay after arresting him March 16 on preliminary charges of impaired driving and illegal possession of controlled substances. And a city spokesperson said Carmel Police use the toxicology department for all blood testing . . .