by Aaron Wilson
March 17, 02014
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was charged with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.
He was also charged with driving under the influence in Carmel, Ind.
According to police, several Schedule IV prescription drug bottles were found in Irsay's car.
According to a press release, Irsay was driving slowly, stopped in the road and failed to sign prior to being upulled over.
"During the course of the investigation, Irsay subsequently failed several roadside field sobriety tests," the police said in a statement.
“We are gathering information at this time regarding last night’s incident involving Jim Irsay," the team said in a statement. "The team will issue additional statements when the facts are sorted and we are aware of the next steps to this process. Many fans have reached out to express their concern and we appreciate their support.”
He has a $22,500 bond.
According to the Indianapolis Star, team officials have urged Irsay to go back to rehab.
Irsay could face discipline under the NFL personal conduct policy.
He has a history of addiction issues he acknowledged in a statement in 2002.
"After several years of orthopedic operations and procedures, accompanied by long bouts of chronic pain, I became dependent on prescription pain medications," Irsay said in the statement. "This summer I sought professional help at a nationally recognized facility located outside Indiana. I have successfully dealt with my dependence and my chronic pain issues."
"All persons associated with the NFL are required to avoid 'conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League," the NFL condt policy states. "This requirement applies to players, coaches, other team employees, owners, game officials, and all others privileged to work in the National Football League.
"Apart from any disciplinary action, persons arrested, charged, or otherwise appearing to have engaged in conduct prohibited under this policy generally will be required to undergo a formal clinical evaluation. Based on the results of that evaluation, the person may be encouraged or required to participate in an education program, counseling, or other treatment deemed appropriate by health professionals."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun