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March 17, 2014

Colts owner Jim Irsay jailed, could face felonies

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was released from jail Monday after being held overnight following a traffic stop in which police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.

Irsay was pulled over late Sunday after he was spotted driving slowly near his home in suburban Carmel, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police say the 54-year-old Irsay failed several roadside field sobriety tests before he was arrested, though details were not released.

Carmel police said the drugs found in Irsay's vehicle weren't associated with any of the prescription bottles found inside.

Irsay faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, Hamilton County Sheriff's Department Deputy Bryant Orem said. A hearing is scheduled for March 26.

If convicted on the felony charges, Irsay could face six months to three years in prison on each count. So-called Schedule IV drugs such as those with which Irsay was allegedly caught include Xanax, Darvocet and Ambien, with a low risk for abuse or dependency, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Irsay was released from the Hamilton County Jail after posting $22,500 bond.

An NFL spokesman says he is subject to discipline. Myra Borshoff Cook, a spokeswoman for Irsay, declined to comment, and Colts spokesman Avis Roper said the team was still gathering details.

"The team will issue additional statements when the facts are sorted and we are aware of the next steps to this process," Roper said. "Many fans have reached out to express their concern and we appreciate their support."

The case has some similarities to that of Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand, who was suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 in 2010 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy following his guilty plea to driving while impaired.

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