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Police: Indianapolis Colts owner had $29K in cash when arrested

March 27th, 2014 3:29 pm by AP

Police: Indianapolis Colts owner had $29K in cash when arrested

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay

CARMEL, Ind. —
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of
prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of
intoxicated driving and other charges, according to the arrest report.

The
cash was in Irsay's wallet, metal briefcase and two laundry bags. The
briefcase and bags, which were on the front passenger-side floor, also
contained bottles of pills of various colors, including orange, green
and white ones, the police report states.

Irsay, 54, denied being
drunk when he was arrested in suburban Carmel on March 16, although the
billionaire was so disoriented that officers made him sit on the hood of
a patrol car to keep him from falling, the report said. The arresting
officer said he "believed Irsay to be intoxicated on a substance other
than alcohol," according to the report.

The arrest report listed a
dozen pieces of evidence identified as prescription drugs, but it
didn't specify which drugs they were. Irsay told the officer that he had
taken several prescription medications that day but had not been
drinking.

The contents of the arrest report by Carmel police were
first reported Thursday by The Indianapolis Star, which obtained the
report through a public records request.

Irsay's attorney, James
Voyles did not return phone calls from The Associated Press seeking
comment Thursday. His spokeswoman, Myra Borshoff Cook, had no comment.

The
report said an officer pulled over Irsay's slow-moving SUV after it
stopped twice on a city street for no apparent reason and failed to use a
turn signal. Police said Irsay told the officer that he sometimes has
trouble finding his home. The Star reported that Irsay bought a home in
late February less than a half-mile from where he was stopped.

"I
observed the vehicle come to a complete stop on W. Main Street for no
apparent reason. ... As I was approaching the vehicle it began to slowly
move eastbound and came to another complete stop in the lane of travel
for no apparent reason," Officer James Morris wrote in the report.

Earlier
this week, prosecutors postponed an initial court appearance for Irsay
"unless or until" formal charges are filed against him. Irsay was
arrested on preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated
on a controlled substance and four felony counts of possession of a
controlled substance. The report said police don't believe Irsay was
drunk when he was arrested.

Hamilton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andre Miksha said prosecutors are not bound by preliminary booking charges.

Irsay's
family said after his arrest that he is undergoing treatment "to help
him meet his challenges head-on" at a facility outside of Indiana. They
have not identified the facility.

Irsay acknowledged in 2002 that
he had become dependent on painkillers after several years of orthopedic
operations but said he had overcome the problem after undergoing
treatment.

The report said Irsay stumbled out of his SUV and
failed field sobriety tests, such as having to stand on one foot. After
Irsay refused a blood draw, a judge approved a search warrant to draw
his blood. Those results have not been released and the results of the
breath test administered to Irsay at the scene were redacted from the
report.

Refusing the blood test means Irsay's driver's license will be automatically suspended for one year.

Irsay
declined to answer questions without his attorney present and was not
questioned at the jail. He was released the following day.

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