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Colts owner Irsay checks into treatment facility

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay checked into a health-care treatment facility on Tuesday following his arrest on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, along with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, the team announced.

"Yesterday, Jim Irsay took the first step toward regaining good health. He voluntarily checked into a highly-respected health-care facility and is committed to undergoing the treatment and care necessary to help him meet his challenges head-on," the Colts said in a statement. "Jim, the Irsay family, and the Colts organization are all deeply appreciative of the incredible outpouring of support and compassion from our fans and the Indiana community."

Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz wrote on Monday that, "For years, Colts insiders have known that Irsay was struggling again with drugs. For years, they fought to get him into rehabilitation. At the very least, they fought to get him a driver in the hopes of keeping away from getting behind the wheel."

The 54-year-old Irsay was arrested in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel late Sunday night.

Irsay spent 14 hours in custody, and his initial court appearance is March 26. He was released from Hamilton County Jail at 1:30 p.m. ET Monday.

Irsay was pulled over at 11:41 p.m. in the 13000 block of Horseferry Road in Carmel, an Indianapolis suburb, Lt. Joe Bickel of the Carmel Police Department said in a press release.

Bickel said Irsay was driving at a slow rate of speed, stopped in the roadway and failed to signal a turn before police pulled him over at 11:41 p.m.

"During the course of the investigation, Irsay subsequently failed several roadside field sobriety tests," Bickel said.

Several prescription drugs were found in pill bottles, according to police. The drugs were allegedly not associated with any prescription bottles in the vehicle.

Irsay was booked into Hamilton County Jail at Noblesville at 3:07 a.m. Monday. His bail was set at $22,500.

Irsay will be subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy if convicted. Based on recent comments lashing out against drunk driving and Irsay's position as a vocal and visible franchise leader, commissioner Roger Goodell will likely act swiftly and harshly if the charges stand up in court.

Irsay said last year he has not had a drink in more than 15 years. He also said that he once had an addiction to pain killers.

Irsay took to Twitter on Monday to thank everyone for their support.

"Deepest thx to family, friends, fans, colleagues for the messages of support, thoughts and prayers. Impossible to tell u how much this means," Irsay tweeted.

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