Indianapolis Colts owner Irsay reaches plea deal in impaired driving case

Eric Edholm
Colts owner formally charged with 2 misdemeanors
FILE - In this July 18, 2012, file photo, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay talks about the plans for the City of Indianapolis to bid for the 2018 NFL Super Bowl during an announcement in Indianapolis. Irsay has been formally charged with two misdemeanor counts stemming from his arrest in March. Hamilton County (Indiana) prosecutors said Friday, May 23, 2014, that Irsay had been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

The Indianapolis Star, citing an email from the Hamilton (Ind.) County prosecutor, is reporting the Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has reached a plea deal in his driving while impaired case.

Initially, Irsay was reportedly set to report to court on Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday, two days prior to the start of the 2014 NFL season, for a change of plea hearing, according to online court records. It's believed that Irsay's lawyers have been negotiating a plea deal for some time.

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Irsay was was arrested in March on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated along with possession of a controlled substance. He was formally charged with two misdemeanors in the case.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who faced heavy criticism for hanging down punishments for players who stepped afoul of the law expeditiously but not for Irsay to this point for the incident, might have been waiting for the case to reach a conclusion.

It appears we have one, and Irsay's potential discipline with the NFL might await.

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