Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay will face two misdemeanor charges and not the felony counts he was initially facing after his arrest in March, according to FOX59.
Irsay has reportedly been charged with “with one count of operating while intoxicated, a C misdemeanor, and one count of operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substances or its metabolite in the body, also a C misdemeanor.” FOX59 said the substances were oxycodone and/or hydrocodone.
If Irsay is convicted, each misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of 60-days in jail and a $500 fine.
However, most first-time offenders like Irsay do not receive jail time, according to IndyStar.com.
Here is a statement from Irsay's attorneys:
"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. Mr. Irsay will deal with the remaining misdemeanor charges through the judicial process."
Irsay previously faced four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, but they were not included in the prosecutor's formal charges. He was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving. Irsay voluntarily checked himself into a health care facility to undergo treatment and was spotted back at work during the recent NFL draft. He was in Atlanta earlier this week for the owners meetings.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently said he was waiting for Irsay to be charged before possibly disciplining the owner. Irsay’s reduced charges could make it easier for Goodell to avoid disciplining the owner.
Goodell was hesitant to immediately suspend Irsay, even though he has not shown the same restraint with players in the past.
Irsay will seemingly receive a slap on the wrist, which might mirror the punishment he gets from the NFL.
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