The details surrounding the recent arrest of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay have surfaced, and none of them are good.
According to a police report obtained by the Indianapolis Star, Irsay was pulled over after driving erratically, his speech was slurred, and he was unsure how to get home. In addition, Irsay was asked to sit on the hood of a squad car because officers were concerned he might fall; he refused a blood draw; officers found $29,029 in cash (mostly in a briefcase and laundry bag), plus there were several bottles containing prescription drugs in Irsay’s silver Toyota Highlander.
Irsay reportedly agreed to take a portable breath test at the scene, but those results were redacted in the records obtained by the Indianapolis Star. He reportedly told the arresting officer he had not consumed any alcohol.
The Indianapolis Star's story said Irsay was pulled over at about 11:40 p.m. near the intersection of Horseferry Road and Main Street after a Carmel officer observed him driving erratically. The report said he was driving approximately 10 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.
"As I passed the vehicle I continued to observe it in my side view mirror I observed the vehicle come to a complete stop on W. Main Street for no apparent reason," the police report said, via the Star. "I turned my squad car around and began to drive to the vehicle's location. As I was approaching the vehicle it began to slowly move east bound and came to another complete stop in the lane of travel for no apparent reason."
When Irsay's car began moving again, he made a right hand turn onto Horseferry Road without using a turn signal and the officer pulled him over.
Despite refusing to take the blood test, an on-call prosecutor obtained a warrant ordering the examination. Irsay’s license was taken because he violated state law by refusing to submit to the chemical test.
Irsay has not been formally charged in the case. The owner is currently undergoing treatment at a health care facility. Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Irsay’s oldest daughter, has been filling in for her father during his absence. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently said Irsay could be disciplined by the league because of his arrest, however, he is still waiting for Irsay to be charged.
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- Indianapolis Star