Early Monday morning, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired and he was taken to Hamilton County Jail at 3:07 a.m. When the report surfaced that Irsay was pulled over for driving under the influence, many immediately came to the conclusion that it was under the influence of alcohol.
That is not the case.
According to media reports, Irsay was not legally drunk at the time of the arrest and he passed a portable field test.
While searching his vehicle, police found “multiple prescription drugs in pill bottles” and he was believed to be under the influence of those Schedule IV prescription drugs. Schedule IV prescription drugs include the likes of Xanax, Soma, Klonopin, Tranxene, Valium, Ativan, Versed, Restoril, and Halcion.
Irsay is facing four counts of felony drug possession.
While we wait for more details to surface, the Colts have released a statement.
“We are gathering information at this time regarding last night’s incident involving Jim Irsay. The team will issue additional statements when the facts are sorted and we are aware of the next steps to this process,” the statement read. “Many fans have reached out to express their concern and we appreciate their support.”
Irsay could face discipline from the league, so we will have to wait and see how the league responds.