Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Jim Irsay Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor For Operating A Vehicle While Under The Influence Of Drugs
The average guy on the street would have gladly pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense for operating a vehicle while under the influence as Colts owner Jim Irsay did this morning, but that offer would likely have not been made to a typical offender. Irsay had originally faced felony charges after a Carmel police officer stopped him for driving under the influence and found multiple controlled substances in his possession and more than $29,000 cash. The Hamilton Co. Prosecutor's Office inexplicably dropped the felony charges despite Irsay's known history of prescription drug abuse to a simple misdemeanor charge for driving his vehicle while impaired. Irsay received a 60-day suspended sentence, lost his driver's license for a year, will have to serve one year of probation and pay a fine and court costs of $368.50 under the terms of a plea agreement he reached with the prosecutor. It remains to be seen what punishment the NFL will mete out to Irsay.
UPDATE: That was quick. The NFL announced today following Irsay's plea agreement that he is being fined $500,000 and suspended for six games.