Colts owner Jim Irsay charged with impaired driving

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was formally charged today with two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving with no felony charges imposed or drug charges anounced.

He was charged with one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and one count of operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in the body. Both are misdemeanors.

He was arrested in March on suspicion of intoxicated driving and possession of a controlled substance.

Irsay has been in a treatment facility.

"We want to thank the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office for its professionalism in its investigation regarding Mr. Irsay and for devoting the necessary care and attention to determine the facts in this matter did not warrant the filing of felony charges relative to Mr. Irsay's prescription medications," Irsay's lawyers said in a statement. "Mr. Irsay will deal with the remaining misdemeanor charges through the judicial process."

Irsay failed field sobriety tests and was found with several drugs and pills and a lot of cash in his briefcase. Irsay has a history of drug problems.

Irsay could face punishment from the NFL.

"The NFL's personal conduct policy applies to all league personnel and holds all of us accountable," the NFL said in a statement. "We are reviewing the matter and will take appropriate action in accordance with the policy."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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